Habitat restoration

The HLS scheme is helping to restore the New Forest’s precious heathlands, species-rich grasslands and ancient woodlands. These habitats have been shaped through centuries of management activities and grazing, thanks to commoners’ ponies and cattle turned out onto the Forest.

They are internationally important and support many species, including birds, reptiles, invertebrates, flowering plants, lichens and fungi.

Use the links on this page to explore some of our HLS projects, which aim to restore wildlife habitats to a healthy state known as ‘favourable condition’.