Your snapshots of the New Forest animals holiday cottages

Your snapshots of the New Forest animals

One of the New Forest’s main attractions has to be the many animals you can admire as you explore the National Park. From the ponies and donkeys often seen trotting down the high street, to the beautiful red deer quietly grazing on the heathland, via the many breeds of birds nest around the region, we're lucky to be able to witness such natural beauty on a regular basis. 

That's why we decided to reach out to you, locals and visitors alike, to share your photos of New Forest animals you’ve spotted throughout the forest, the towns and villages.


The native New Forest ponies are often seen wandering freely throughout the countryside, towns and villages, and one of the main misconceptions around the ponies is that they are wild when in fact they are cared and owned for by the New Forest Commoners.

new forest horse
Horses spotted in Brockenhurst - Donna Cresswick


New Forest pony in Lyndhurst
New Forest pony in Lyndhurst - Sarah Worley


new forest horse
A mother and foal - Jenny Branwhite


New Forest ponies in Burley
A snowy snapshot of the ponies - Louisa Giordano


You can find out more about the beautiful New Forest ponies and where to find them with our guide to New Forest ponies.


The New Forest is home to five different species of deer and the best time to spot these wonderful New Forest animals is at dawn or dusk.

New Forest deer near Milford on Sea
A doe and her fawn captured near Milford on Sea - Mary Williams


Deer in Bolderwood
A majestic stag in Bolderwood - Sarah Palmieri


There are more than a dozen different breeds of cattle across the New Forest, and up to 3,000 cattle can be spotted throughout the forest during the warmer summer months.

New forest cow
Cooling off - Jenny Branwhite


New Forest Cown in Fordingbridge
Spotted on the Fordingbridge side of the forest - Caroline Yates


Cows in Brockenhurst
Taking a dip in Brockenhurst - Janice Chance


Spotted all year round, donkeys are most at home grazing on hedgerows. They're also more likely than other New Forest animals to be spotted in towns, rather than out on the heathland.

Donkeys at Hatchet Pond
Scratching each other's backs at Hatchet Pond - Caroline Yates


donkeys in Brockenhurst
Taking a break in Brockenhurst - Hayley Rogers


Looking to visit the Forest for a spot of animal watching? Browse our New Forest accommodation to help you plan your next adventure.

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