Wildlife survey and monitoring
Wildlife enhancement projects
Support to management bodies
Scientific data and research
Recent highlight: WNF attends UK Curlew Summits at 10 Downing Street and Highgrove House!
Guided wildlife tours
Wildlife ID workshops
Young persons wildlife camps
Recent highlight: Over 170 guests booked onto our new guided walks in October and December!
Website, blog and social media
Public talks and displays
TV and media consultancy
Recent highlight: Pine Marten image is 'most popular' post from 2019 on WNF Facebook page!
Guided Wildlife Tours
Unfortunately we have had to postpone our programme of guided wildlife walks in the New Forest due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, but we hope to be up and running again in time for spring 2021. Watch this space!
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
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
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 soon. In the meantime, our Wild New Forest Facebook page has nearly 5000 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.
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.