The New Forest
The New Forest is one of the largest terrestrial nature conservation sites in the country (approximately 29,000 hectares) and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is a rich ecological resource but the catchment hydrology has been severely altered as a consequence of past drainage activities. This has resulted in widespread decline, change or loss of habitat.
Restoring the New Forest
We are working in partnership to restore 2,700 hectares of New Forest SSSI to favourable condition. This work started in April 2009 and will finish in March 2013.
The New Forest National Park Authority is the lead partner for the project. They are working in partnership with us, the Forestry Commission and Natural England on this large scale restoration of the hydrology.
Over the next three years, the project will:
• restore degraded wetland and river habitats
• increase biodiversity
• improve access and recreation throughout the river corridor
• develop sustainable fish populations
We want to create a better place for people and wildlife along our rivers. To achieve this, we need to identify the opportunities that are available. We are working with partners and stakeholders, including land owners, Commoners and relevant agencies to realise the project’s aims.
If you would like to know more about the project, send an e-mail to:
or phone the Fisheries, Recreation and Biodiversity Team (Solent & South Downs Area) on 0370 8506506.