About 26 minutes from park
Deerleap Ln, Southampton SO40 4UHVisit Website
At the heart of rural Hampshire, this Wildlife Park brings to the fore all the reasons why this small corner of the world is so special. With a rare opportunity to see some of Britain’s most fascinating animals in their natural habitats, it’s an experience quite unlike any other. Built on the former premises of the New Forest Butterfly Farm, today the park is home to an incredible array of birds and mammals. Built on the former premises of the New Forest Butterfly Farm, today the park is home to an incredible array of birds and mammals.
There are more than 30 species for you to spot as you make your way around the grounds. Just some you can expect to encounter on your visit are:
The park’s dedicated otter and owl sanctuary in the New Forest is a particular highlight. They help rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals to ensure these species can thrive again in Britain’s wilds.
The park is sometimes known as Ashurst wildlife park, as this is the name of the village it’s closest to. From here, the park is connected to the town of Totton via the A35. The Redbridge Causeway and M271 offer easy access from the Southampton area, while those approaching from other parts of the New Forest should find the A31 handy. Those planning to use public transport have a couple of options. For rail, you can alight at Totton station and walk to the park entrance from there – which takes around 55 minutes – or use a taxi. Meanwhile, the Bluestar 6 bus runs between Southampton and Lymington, with a stop in Ashurt that’s very close to the park.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big