Tag Archives: hunting

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 story of the pig that pointed!

During pannage season pigs undoubtedly become the favourite animal to see in the New Forest. There is nothing quite like the sight of happy porkers that have been set free to root about through the fallen leaves and undergrowth, in … Continue reading

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New Forest: pannage, pigs and wild boar

Autumn has got to be one of my favourite seasons of the year. The annual drifts are underway, the heaths and woodlands are changing colour, adding variety to the hues of the already breath-taking scenery, and pannage season has begun. … Continue reading

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New Forest: the bully-boy Conqueror, hunting and warfare.

William the Conqueror is a source of fascination to me. As the man who created the New Forest, his motives and actions also continue to be debated by many historians and scholars. For some he was the first medieval conservationist, … Continue reading

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New Forest: forest laws, poaching, punishment and reform

Nowadays we think of a forest as ‘a place covered in trees’ but in medieval times it was understood to be ‘a reserve for royal hunting’. An area of forest could include whole villages and other settlements as well as … Continue reading

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Forest Law, Courts and Officials

Before becoming a practising commoner I first had to apply to the Verderers of the New Forest to confirm my Rights of Pasture, request permission to run ponies on the Open Forest and gain approval for my commoner’s mark, which … Continue reading

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The New Forest pony – the natural selection

The New Forest pony is known as the ‘architect’ of the Forest and plays a significant role in the biological diversity, culture and economy of the New Forest.  So important is this animal to the Forest and to commoning that … Continue reading

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