Nature in the New Forest
Due to its mild climate and varied habitats, the New Forest is one of the most important areas for wildlife in the country, being home to a great variety of flora and fauna. Some, like the wild gladiolus, are found nowhere else in Britain.
Rare flowering plants, fungi, dragonflies, reptiles and birds can all be found here but it's not just the rarities that make the area such a popular place with naturalists. The New Forest is home to good numbers of more common species and has several local specialities that make it well worth a visit.