The Forest is beautiful in the setting sun. © Hammermad

The Forest is beautiful in the setting sun.

A managed landscape

Half of the Forest is made up of coppiced woodland and the other half is wood pasture. The Forest is unique due to its continuous human management over the last 1000 years.

It is a refuge for a wealth of wildlife species, which have over time evolved and become dependent on this scarce habitat of managed coppice and wood pasture.

Butterflies, insects and wildflowers

In spring and summer when the wildflowers are in bloom, many different species of butterflies can be found around the Forest. On warm days you can also see dragonflies skirting over the lake.

The bird life of the Forest

Many different species of birds make their home in the Forest. From the woodland birds that live amongst the trees, to the many wild fowl on the lake, to the more recent sightings of spectacular birds of prey.

Deer spotting at Hatfield

Hatfield Forest is home to a large population of Fallow and Muntjac deer. Fallow deer were introduced into the Forest in the 1100s. They are by nature shy animals and tend to keep to the quieter parts of the Forest.

Our Wildlife & Badger cam

Watch the exploits of one of our resident badger families. This footage was filmed in the spring using a night vision camera.  We also caught footage of deer and rabbits and the odd inquisitive human!