Barton Common

Barton Common

A very special and notably rare area of lowland heath-grassland, designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).


This habitat is an oasis of rich bio-diversity supporting nationally important plant species, such as heath spotted orchid and heath milkwort.


As well as plants, there are birds to see such as Linnet, Blackcap, and Goldfinch.  You can view the current Common Bird Census 2023 here 2023 Barton Common Bird Census


Butterfly species to be seen include Meadow Brown, Silver-washed Fritillaries and Green Hairstreak.     The Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch of the Butterfly Conservation carry out annual butterfly transects and you can view the full report from 2022 here Butterfly transect Barton Common 2022


New Milton Town Council manage the 19 hectare site under Higher Level Stewardship.   New Forest ponies were re-introduced to the Common and now their grazing has helped restore the grassland while we also manage some areas by cutting and burning of invasive gorse.


There is a long history of ownership, and the various and necessary uses of this common land over time is enthralling.  You can read more information here Barton on Sea | Milton Heritage Society


We hope you enjoy your visit and don’t forget to take the time to admire the views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.


Please help care for our special green spaces and remember the Countryside Code when visiting!

The Countryside Code: advice for countryside visitors – GOV.UK (

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