Welcome to

Wild New Forest


  • Wildlife survey and monitoring

  • Wildlife enhancement projects

  • Advice to management bodies

  • Scientific data and research

Recent highlight: WNF attends UK Curlew Summits at 10 Downing Street and Highgrove House!


  • Guided wildlife walks and cycles

  • Specialist wildlife ID workshops

  • Young persons wildlife camps

  • Wildlife volunteering

Recent highlight: Our programme of guided wildlife tours is now up and running! See below for details.


  • Website, blog and social media

  • Public talks and displays

  • TV and media consultancy

  • Educational products

Recent highlight: Pine Marten image is 'most popular' post from 2019 on WNF Facebook page!


Guided Wildlife Tours

Bookings are now open for our Wild New Forest guided wildlife walks and cycle tours, operating out of the main hubs of Brockenhurst, Burley, Lyndhurst and Lymington. Join us for a wildlife adventure today!


About Wild New Forest

Wild New Forest is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) based in the New Forest National Park


Our mission is to deliver high-quality wildlife survey and monitoring data to support wildlife conservation and management, and to inform, involve and inspire people about the wealth of wildlife in the New Forest, with a focus on guided wildlife tours

We provide frequent updates on our work via our blog and social media, and regularly give talks and media interviews 

We work with and provide data to a range of partners, including Forestry England and the New Forest National Park Authority, and our sponsors include the New Forest Association, Hampshire Ornithological Society and the Cameron Bespolka Trust

Current research

We undertake specialist wildlife consultancy in and around the New Forest and coordinate long term research projects for several species of high conservation concern, including Curlew and Hawfinch

We operate infra-red trail cameras to study resident mammals including Pine Marten, Otter and Red Deer

We also conduct nocturnal wildlife surveys using moth traps and bat detectors, focussing on endangered species and habitats

We are currently repeating a survey of ancient trees in the New Forest, some of which are probably over 400 years old!


All of our survey and monitoring activities are undertaken with the appropriate Forestry England permits and specialist licences, and we have full public liability insurance

Get involved!

We engage volunteers in wildlife survey and monitoring, and provide expert training in specialist techniques such as bird ringing. Our programme of volunteer opportunities for 2021 will be announced here later in the year. In the meantime, our Wild New Forest Facebook page has  4000 members and is a great source of news, images and comment; you can also follow us on Twitter.

Talks and media

We are available to give talks on New Forest wildlife and conservation and our work regularly features in regional and national media. Click the link below for details of our talks and to see our current programme.

Community benefit

As a CIC, we are committed to delivering a varied programme of public engagement activities for community benefit, in addition to our commercial and research activities. Further details in this blog post.


Meet the  team

Wild New Forest was initiated in 2016 by Marcus Ward and Russell Wynn, who between them have over 40 years experience of wildlife recording and public outreach in the New Forest National Park. They are now Directors of Wild New Forest CIC, which was incorporated in January 2020 to enable a wider range of educational activities.

WNF blog




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