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New Forest goshawks

From 28 March to 6 September 2015

  • Video link
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Accessible site
Adult goshawk

Image: Mark Hamblin

If you go down to the woods today, be prepared for a big surprise.

Because if you keep your eyes peeled, you might just catch sight of us goshawks.

We're phantoms of the New Forest, gliding silently through the trees. We are graceful predators that rely on stealth. Once hunted to extinction in the UK, we now haunt woodland glades undisturbed.

Well-placed cameras will give you a rare insight into our private lives, and show how we raise our chicks from eggs to first flight.

But we're not the only attraction on this date - lapwings, curlews, redshanks, snipe, and woodlarks also live safely within the protection of the New Forest National Park, along with fascinating reptiles and amphibians. From common lizards, adders and smooth snakes to sand lizards and natterjack toads, you'll be able to see them all in the special reptile 'pods'.

Are you going to enjoy yourself? There's more than a ghost of a chance...

Entry to this date is free, but donations for parking are welcome.

When can you see us?

Friendly staff and volunteers will be in the Forestry Commission's New Forest Reptile Centre daily, 10am - 4.30pm.

What's at the site?

There is a large flat screen TV showing live and recorded footage from the nest, and another TV showing a film about other brilliant birds that nest in the New Forest.

How to find us

We are at the Forestry Commission's New Forest Reptile Centre.

By car, or bike, the centre is 2 miles south west of Lyndhurst off the A35.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: RSPB South East regional office on 01273 775333

This date has been brought to you with the help of Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority. This project is being part-financed by the New Forest National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund. Webcam images are supplied by Carnyx Films.

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