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Hatchet Pond is the largest body of water within the Crown Lands of the New Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Created in the 18th century to provide power for an iron mill, the pond today provides valuable habitats for wildlife as well as being a Hatchet pond. New Forestscenic backdrop for a picnic or wildlife watching.

Since the pond’s creation a wonderful array of wildlife now call the pond home, including over a third of all species of wetland plants found in the UK and around 100 species of freshwater insects and other invertebrates. These species thrive because of the unique chemistry of the water and soil. Today, the Pond is a very popular place used by locals and tourists alike, and a range of activities; families, dog walkers, horse riders and fishermen all enjoy use of the site.

The pond is an incredibly important site for both wildlife and people. However, there are concerns over its current condition.

A background paper on the condition of the pond has been produced and is available to download here

Natural England and the Forestry Commission therefore need to act to prevent the further decline of the pond’s wildlife and are working in partnership with the Environment Agency and Freshwater habitats Trust to prevent the further decline of the pond’s unique wildlife.

Footprint Ecology consultants have been commissioned to deliver a lake restoration management plan for Hatchet Pond and they recently met with local people to gather the views of those who value or visit the Pond. The closing date for feedback is 3 March 2018. You can also give your views by letter to: Fenella Lewin, Footprint Ecology, Forest Officer, Cold Harbour, Wareham, BH20 7PA or by email to: hatchetpond@footprint-ecology.co.uk

Coarse Fishing

For more information on Coarse Fishing in the New Forest please click on the link above.

What do other visitors say?

Cover the basics first, where are you? Google doesn't recognise OS grid ref, what's your postcode???????????

Anonymous, 27/Apr/2018

Thank you for your question. Hatchet Pond is on the junction of the B3055 Brockenhurst - Beaulieu Road and the B3054 Lymington -Beaulieu Road. We do not provide a postcode as our car parks do not have them as there are no postboxes. You can use the map on the right of this page to view and zoom to the location. There is also the option in the box underneath for you to put your postcode/address in and it will give you directions on getting to the site. Alternatively if you go to https://www.google.co.uk/maps you can type in "Hatchet Pond" in to search box and this will bring up the location.

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Hi, is there an update on the outcome of the lake restoration review please?

Anonymous, 9/Apr/2018

Thank you for you question. Please contact us via e-mail at enquiries.southern@forestry.gsi.gov.uk with your question so that our Ecologist can provide you with a full response.

Forestry Commission Response

How much is parking . Normal NOT disabled.

John, 6/Apr/2018

Thank you for your question. There are no set charges for Forestry Commission car parks in the New Forest as the meters are in place to take donations.

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Last updated: 20th February 2018

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What's Here?

  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • You can use raised portable barbecues at this site. Please refer to the Barbecues in the New Forest page for futher information. Disposable BBQs are not permitted at this site. Please use the special picnic tables at either Bolderwood or Blackwater if you wish to use a disposable BBQ
  • Fishing
  • Coarse fishing in the New Forest is available at Hatchet Pond. A Forestry Commission fishing permit is required along with a rod license. For more information on Fishing in the New Forest please click on the Coarse Fishing link.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets are situated in Hatchet Pond car park.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU 369 017

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0300 067 4601
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