Verderers upgrade advice to report animal accidents ‘immediately’

MOTORISTS are being urged to report New Forest animal accidents immediately to prevent unnecessary suffering as new statistics showed the most lethal routes in the district. Previous guidance had been that collisions should be reported...

Equine flu alert renews commoners’ calls not to touch New Forest ponies

VISITORS to the New Forest are being reminded not to touch the ponies after it was announced they could be carrying equine flu – said to be “prevalent” among UK wild horse herds. All horse...

Pork prize declined as ‘prodigal pig’ returned to New Forest road safety campaigners

A LIFE-SIZE pig silhouette has run all the way home after being stolen from a New Forest road safety campaign. Two commoners recovered the sign after discovering it at Ipley, near Beaulieu. Its disappearance had...

Backlash against Chris Packham’s call to cut New Forest animals

  FORESTERS have hit back furiously at controversial claims by TV naturalist Chris Packham that overgrazing by commoners’ animals is destroying the New Forest. The criticism of local practices by high-profile presenter Mr Packham, who lives...

Breeders call for talks with government on extra New Forest pony sales costs

NEW FOREST pony breeders are asking for urgent talks with Defra over increased costs brought in by sudden changes to the way animals must be registered. Under new rules brought into force on October 1st...

Young commoner hits out at ‘cruel’ driver who left his donkey for dead

A YOUNG commoner has spoken of his anger after a pregnant donkey was left to die in the road near Bramshaw following a hit-and-run last week. Dan Rangecroft (19), who keeps a herd of around...

Owner of killed New Forest pony begs for action as road deaths spike

AS NEW figures reveal a big rise in animal accidents in the New Forest during 2018, the owner of the latest pony to die on the roads has called for speed reductions and more...

Crowds cheer fairytale finishes in the New Forest Boxing Day Point-to-Point 2018

FAST and furious competition entertained a bumper crowd of several thousand spectators at this year’s New Forest Point-to-Point, writes Charlotte Baker. The annual Boxing Day event was blessed with mild weather and witnessed some thrilling...

New Forest house prices ‘threat to the landscape’, warn commoners

SPIRALLING house prices are a “grave threat” to the future of the New Forest’s historic landscape and traditions as it increasingly becomes the preserve of the “wealthy few”, leading commoners have warned. In response to...

New Forest farrier Robbie forges a place in his family’s history

APPRENTICE Robbie Hawthorne from Brockenhurst has forged a place in history as the first member of his farrier family to win a place in the England team. Robbie (20), is following in the anvil strikes...
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