Freshly refurbished in 2017, YHA New Forest is set within beautiful grounds on the edges of the…
The Kingston Great Common NNR near Ringwood is part of the Cranes Moor and Vales Moor valley mire complex within the New Forest National Park. National and international designations for the reserve include a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation and it is also a Ramsar (wetland) site. The chief habitats on the reserve include the mires, which, particularly in winter, can become waterlogged, and the rare examples of lowland heath. Some of the most interesting species of birds you might see on the Kingston Great Common NNR are woodlark, nightjar, the rare Dartford warbler and the occasional hunting hobby, but the reserve is probably most notable for providing a home to over 20 species of dragonflies and damselflies around the pools and wetter areas. These include the emperor and golden ringed dragonflies, and the keeled skimmer, small red, the black darter, azure and emerald damselflies.
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Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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