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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Pitch up with Camping in the New Forest this October

Have you ever thought about pitching up under a glorious, multi-coloured canopy, in a sea of golden leaves? Visit a Camping in the Forest Site and you can do just that!

Experts at the Forestry Commission are predicting a riot of leaf colour this October, so it’s the perfect time to experience camping for the first time, or return for some autumnal fun.

These nine beautiful Camping in the Forest Sites are open this October: Holmsley, Setthorns, Postern Hill, Bracelands, Christchurch, Beddgelert, Cashel, Cobleland and Glenmore.

And there’s plenty to experience in the UK’s woodlands as the Forestry Commission has a number of exciting organised events planned throughout the month. Whether it be guided Nordic walks, forest survival activities or star gazing; there is something for everyone – and they’re all within easy reach of Camping in the Forest Sites.

Camping in the Forest also offers fantastic Ranger activities such as Dusk Watch, Young Explorers, Night Vision and much more.

For more information on the Forestry Commission’s activities, visit: and for guidance on Ranger experiences, visit:

And holidaymakers can also see what to expect from a Camping in the Forest experience by watching its new video:

Libby Burke, Communications Manager for the Forestry Commission’s South District, said: “Autumn is a fantastic time of year to visit any forest and each has their own special quality. In the New Forest, with its mix of woodlands and heath, the landscape is transformed into muted browns with vibrant shocks of colour as the trees turn golden. You may even spot pigs running free here as they exercise the ancient right of ‘pannage’.

“There are endless opportunities in woodland for enjoying crisp autumn days, whether on foot, by bike or on horseback.”

Bob Hill, Sites Director at The Camping and Caravanning Club, added: “There is so much to experience when staying on a Camping in the Forest Site – particularly during the autumn months as it’s such a picturesque time of the year.

“We hope campers enjoy staying on our campsites and we look forward to continuing to work with the Forestry Commission to offer these unique holiday experiences.”

To book at pitch at any of our Camping in the Forest Sites telephone: 0845 130 8224 or 024 7642 3008 or online;

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Dragonflies of the New Forest

A couple of weeks ago I was sat in my car in a car park in the heart of the New Forest when suddenly a rather large Dragonfly with a very impressive fluorescent blue body flew across the bonnet of the car. It made numerous passes including actually entering the car through the open passenger window. It hovered motionless for a number of seconds as if curious of the creature sat in the drivers seat (me). Then went into reverse gear and made its exit back through the open window. After a couple more near passes at the car it eventually disappeared into the depths of the Forest.

What a wonderful experience, so much so that I searched YouTube to view more of these magnificent insects. You can view the many different types of Dragonfly in the video below, but if you get the opportunity, go into the Forest and view them in the flesh - truly breathtaking experience.

Credit : Keith Talbot Wildlife Channel on YouTube crockfordkat


The New Forest by Matthew Conway
Featuring a mixture of history, folklore and stories of interest, this book explores the culture and wildlife of the New Forest. From it deer, which for centuries were hunted exclusively by the Kings of England, to the thousands of trees that were the cornerstone of the English Navy, this fascinating volume illustrates how flora and fauna are interwoven with the forest's heritage, and pays special attention to its wildlife.  As well as providing a backdrop of history, this affectionate look at the forest will inspire readers to explore the area themselves. Read more...