Visitors to New Forest Wildlife Park will have the thrill of seeing some exciting new arrivals this year. Giant otter mother and daughter Panambi and Meamu, red fox Autumn, Scottish wildcats Apple and Cormack and Hamish the pine marten are just some of the animals that have moved to the New Forest from the Chestnut Centre in Derbyshire in 2018.
Owners Carol and Roger Heap closed the Derbyshire centre last year due to their semi-retirement, and will concentrate their efforts on their two other parks in the New Forest and in Battersea following forty years of caring for wildlife.
New Forest Wildlife Park now has a new deer enclosure beyond the European bison, to add to the existing deer encounter enclosure for rescued roe and fallow deer and the park’s red deer herd.
Several Asian short-clawed and Eurasian otters have also settled in well to their New Forest home, along with 32 owls, some of whom are not yet on show to the public. Trained captive-bred owl Muckle has also moved to New Forest Wildlife Park and will enjoy meeting schoolchildren and the public during encounter sessions in 2018. NFWP’s existing giant otter brothers Akuri and Simuni have been moved to a new enclosure and are taking a break from being on show, but are enjoying the stimulation of their new surroundings. Still very vocal, the brothers seem very happy to have their mother and sister nearby – according to the park’s keepers the giant otters are around 100 yards apart in separate enclosures but are appreciating their daily conversations very much.
As well as several species of otters, owls and deer, visitors to New Forest Wildlife Park can see a lynx, red foxes, ferrets, harvest mice, polecats, pine martens, mouflon, wolves, wallabies, badgers, souslik, water voles, hedgehogs, Scottish wildcats and wild boar.
There are animal encounters, feeding sessions and keeper talks throughout the day plus special events in the school holidays. With two action-packed adventure playgrounds, a gift shop and tempting café too, New Forest Wildlife Park makes for a fun-filled and fabulous day out for all the family.
|Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:30*|
* Last advised admission 90 minutes before closing. Closed the 25th and 26th December.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
Map & Directions
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Sat Nav – Please put our address into your sat nav as using the postcode only may take you on a less direct route.
New Forest Wildlife Park are situated off the A35 between Southampton and Lyndhurst.
From the motorway system leave the M27 at Junction 3 onto M271 to Southampton and the Docks. Turn right at the end of the short M271 onto the A35 in the direction of Lyndhurst. Follow A35 for about 1.5 miles and look for brown tourist to New Forest Wildlife Park signs directing left into Deerleap Lane.
From Lyndhurst follow A35 towards Southampton. After Ashurst village turn right into Deerleap Lane following brown tourist signs to New Forest Wildlife Park. Continue past Dairy Farm to New Forest Wildlife Park on the left.
Public Transport Directions
Train: Totton rail station is approx 55 minute walk to New Forest Wildlife Park. There is a taxi rank at station. Ashurst rail station( approx 2miles) trains from London and Poole arrive at 40mins past the hour in both directions. On arrival at Ashurst there's choice of easy ways to reach us.
Taxi: For an easy life from Ashurst a taxi costs approx £7 to £8. Book a taxi on 023 8029 3399 or contact New Forest Wildlife Park for more assistance.
Bus: The Bluestar 6 bus runs between Southampton and Lymington stopping at Ashurst - hourly Monday to Saturday and 2 hourly on Sunday.
Bus and train travel: walk from Ashurst. Blue Star No 6. Exit train station cross A35 to No 6 the bus stop. Take No 6 to the next stop on the A35 get off at the small supermarket and stay on this road. Walk until you come to brown signs directing you right into Deerleap Lane. Deerleap Lane is a country lane without pavements.
New Forest Tour Bus - 2018: Hop on the New Forest Tour to the New Forest Wildlife Park this summer. The open top’s Red Route runs a circular, hourly, seven days a week route to the Wildlife Park from July 7th 2018 to September 9th 2018. You can catch it from Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Burley, Ringwood or Fordingbridge or link up via the blue or green routes from Brockenhurst, Lymington, Hythe and New Milton. Book online for 10% off your Tour ticket at www.thenewforesttour.info. Please note the last bus of the day from NFWP is 16.49pm. Show your valid New Forest Tour bus ticket for a 20% discount off entry to New Forest Wildlife Park.
Cycle: New Forest Wildlife Park are lucky enough to be next to the Forest cycle network.