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Parkhurst Forest, Newport

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Parkhurst Forest is a woodland to the north-west of Newport, Isle of Wight, England.The site is partly a site of special scientific interest. It consists of both ancient woodland, relict heathland and plantation woodland. The woodland is freehold owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. It is 395 hectares in area and the second largest forest on the Isle of Wight after Brighstone Forest. It is open to the public.It is much used as recreational land and is a haven for wildlife including the red squirrel and many species of bird such as garden warbler, nightjar, woodcock, green, great spotted woodpecker and long eared owl.An industrial area is located off Forest Road within the forest itself. Factories were located in this way during the Second World War to avoid German bombers. One of these factories, a former aircraft hangar, became the printworks for J. Arthur Dixon, the eponymous manufacturer of greetings cards and postcards.
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  • A beautiful small Forrest with a chance to see the endangered Red Squirrel. There is an easy trail to reach the red squirrel hide along wide-ish paths and fire tracks. There is a space to den build an...  more »
  • A large wood to explore best with either a map in your hand or smartphone and you may just be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel but there is no guarantee they seem to be quite shy, popular with dog ...  more »
  • We travelled from the Midlands and arrived mid morning at Parkhurst Forest on 27/06/17.This area is advertised as being a habitat of red squirrels. Parking was convenient and directions to the hide cl...  more »

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