New Forest Northern Commons - Bramshaw Common

Turners Bottom at Bramshaw Common, New Forest Northern Commons, Hampshire

Small woodlands dotted amongst open bogs and wetlands characterise this Common, best viewed from atop Stagbury Hill, a bronze age burial mound.

The area comprises of 575 hectares of old manorial waste and common land; steeped with a history dating back to the bronze age, Bramshaw holds special meaning for both its communities and visitors.

Take in the boundless views from Stagbury Hill, the second highest point in the whole New Forest and a Bronze Age barrow site. Wander through the open wood pasture at Half Moon or the wetland bogs at Plaitford. Visit Stocks Cross, a former site containing stocks and gallows used up until 1831.

Popular with dog walkers and wildlife spotters alike, Bramshaw is a strong hold of commoning and home to a myriad of wildlife. It's well known for bird life, such as wood larks, nightjars and Dartford warblers, as well as dragonflies.

Look closely to discover one of our most precious natural resources: Bramshaw is a national stronghold for the rare small fleabane flowering plant.

A close-up view of small fleabane in the New Forest, Hampshire

Small fleabane in the New Forest 

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.

How to get here

Use the National Trust car park on Half Moon Common, located on Blackhill Road and accessed easily from the North via the A36. Post code SO51 6AQ, grid reference SU 297 177.