Walks through colourful heathland
Didn't think purple was a summer and autumn colour? Think again. Weaving gently gently through the haze of heather, you'll catch shades ranging from the deepest beetroot to gentle mauve.
It's not just the spectrum of colours that makes heathland special. The landscape is also an invaluable habitat to an array of specialised wildlife.
Endangered ground nesting birds, nationally rare reptiles, a myriad of insects and diverse plant life all rely upon the continued careful management of this habitat by our rangers.
Autumn on the heathland is a particular favourite of Jacob White, Community Ranger of the New Forest Northern Commons. His seasonal highlights include 'the swathes of rich colours you get, and the crisp early mornings.' It is a busy time for the ranger team here with tree and shrub management taking up most of their time.
Their efforts really pay off as the landscape and wildlife benefits from annual conservation work. Every time you visit the heathland for a peaceful walk, you are helping us look after this special place for the whole year.
" Heathlands are a carpet of harmonious colours, like an artist has set down their palette on the landscape. It instils a sense of serenity in those who walk here. "