Discover the rich variety of land, freshwater and sea birds on the coast at Keyhaven Marshes. Learn how to identify them by their appearance, behaviour and calls – and find out what makes them special. Plus enjoy views of the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle, learn about coastal protection and hear how the landscape has changed since the days of salt-production.
Event Organiser: New Forest National Park Authority
Contact Details: General enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, on the day to Nigel Matthews 07754 765656
Distance: 3 miles / 3.5 hours
From Milford-on-Sea. head east to Keyhaven and turn left opposite the Gun Inn (just before the NFDC pay and display car park), park opposite The Gun Inn. Meet at the far left (NE) corner of the NFDC pay and display car park.SZ307916
Food & Drink: Bring light refreshments if you wish.
Walk Difficulty: Easy - mainly flat walk along a seal wall and via grass paths and gravel tracks. Gentle pace with regular stops to stand and look for birds. Ideal for beginners.
Bring binoculars if you have them - we'll have some spares, and a telescope to share.
Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Toilets available in the NFDC car park close to the start/finish.
All walkers walk at their own risk and neither the New Forest National Park Authority, partners or guides can take responsibility for personal injury.
When & Where
New Forest National Park Authority
The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.
The New Forest National Park Authority has statutory purposes and socio-economic responsibilities as specified in the Environment Act of 1995:
- To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.
- To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park by the public.
Working in partnership with other organisations it is also the Authority's duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of the local communities within the National Park.