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Forest Wildlife & Conservation

A Special Place

The modern day management of the Forest originates with the 1877 New Forest Act. This was passed to protect commoner’s rights and conserve the areas’ natural features for the benefit of the wider public.

Today, many organisations and agencies care for the Forest. Numerous designations ensure the protection and conservation of its environment and since 2005 the Forest has achieved the highest designation by becoming a National Park.

Touch screen A National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty with great opportunities for outdoor recreation that needs special protection and management – just like the New Forest.

The purposes of the New Forest National Park are:

  • to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park, and
  • to promote understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities.

In addition, the National Park has a duty to foster the social and economic well-being of communities within it.

When you drive into the New Forest National Park you’ll see its distinctive boundary markers bearing the New Forest National Park logo.  We hope than when you’ve visited the Museum, you’ll understand a little more about what makes this area so special and be inspired to go out and explore it for yourself. 


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