The ancient estate that borders Mottisfont's gardens is carefully managed to protect and enhance its wildlife. Historic farmland hedges have been restored, and strips of natural vegetation left to provide habitats for insects like dragonflies and mammals like water voles.
Discover summer wildlife on the estate walk through ancient oak woodland, wetland meadows and mixed plantations.
This ancient section of chalk downland, set in a landscape of farmland, is rich in wildlife. Look out for a multitude of butterflies from the common blue to the rare Duke of Burgundy, as well as delicate, chalk-loving wildflowers.
A walk from Ibsley to Rockford Commons, taking in military history with a visit the Huff Duff (an old directional station) and lots of opportunities to spot exciting New Forest wildlife, such as lizards, butterflies and predatory birds.
Over 30 species of butterfly thrive at Stockbridge Down. Declining varieties such as the duke of Burgundy and pearl-bordered fritillary can be spotted here, encouraged through careful habitat management.
Head to the open heaths of our New Forest commons on a summer evening for a wildlife fiesta. You'll find flittering bats, delicate moths and a magnificent dusk chorus. Listen out for the churring of the rare nightjar.
At the end of August, a rare and peculiar little plant emerges across the National Trust commons at Bramshaw: small fleabane. We are very lucky to have the this protected plant residing on our New Forest commons.