The New Forest LIFE III Wetlands
The New Forest is the largest site, not
only in lowland England but in western Europe, where heathland,
grassland, mire and pasture woodland habitats survive together
in what is a functioning ecosystem based on a continuing practice
They occur as part of a network of wetland
habitats which are totally dependent upon their local hydrological
systems. This complex mosaic of wildlife habitats was formerly
common in lowland Western Europe but now is rare and fragmented.
The 'Sustainable Wetland Restoration in the New Forest'
LIFE 3 project builds on the success of the New
Forest LIFE 2 project (1997-2001) and aims to develop
a better understanding of the hydrological networks that support
these habitats. It also seeks to establish their long term
sustainability through the development of a mechanism which
will ensure the integrated management of the main New Forest
The LIFE3 project partnership, the New
Forest LIFE3 Partnership began in July 2002, part funded
by the European Commission fund with just over £1m.
The project will ran until December 2006. The remainder of
the £2.9 million project cost was provided by the six