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New Forest Stallion Areas 2019

Each year, licensed New Forest stallions are released onto the Open Forest to run with the free-roaming mares and sire the next generation of New Forest pony. The stallions are carefully selected by the Verderer’s of the New Forest, the … Continue reading

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New Forest: one extreme to another

I was checking my diary recently to see what I was doing this time last year. My diary isn’t a detailed chronology of events and on some days there are no entries at all. Strangely, this often means I’ve been … Continue reading

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New Forest Boxing Day Point-to-Point 2018

The finish of the 2018 Boxing Day Point-to-Point – on Wednesday 26th December – has been announced as being in the vicinity of the Noads (Dibden Inclosure). Anyone planning to attend the event should only approach from Beaulieu and Hilltop … Continue reading

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New Forest: medieval dog maiming

I was interested to learn recently that the New Forest has more visitors per square kilometre than any other national park (7.5 visits/km2), and that dog walking was the most common reason for visiting the New Forest throughout the year.[1]  … Continue reading

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New Forest: the rare brown hare

On a recent journey away from the Forest, where I had the pleasure to be a passenger rather than the driver, I was able to look out of the window and admire the scenery instead of concentrating on the road … Continue reading

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New Forest: C19th Verderers on pony-buying spree

In early March 1887, the Verderers Court met to discuss Forest issues, chief among these was how best to improve the breeding of New Forest ponies with special reference to the procuring of stallions, purchased by the Verderers, for use … Continue reading

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New Forest ponies: search and find or hide and seek?

The New Forest has taken on a completely different look and feel since the onset of late autumn. Many of the birds that were regularly encountered over the summer months have, like the tourists, migrated elsewhere. The atmosphere is tranquil … Continue reading

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