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New Forest dog deaths - can they be Alabama Rot and what should you do?
New Forest WW2 at Canada Cross and Stoney Cross. Did your relative serve here?
New Forest Lost Stolen Found forum for your pet, pony, donkey, dog or other animal
Driving near Bramble Hill Hotel (Bramshaw) this morning (10.15am) we came across a small brown terrier with a red collar or coat (tartan?). I'm not very
My little foal blog is all about the New Forest pony foal I recued from slaughter
Find New Forest resources, links and services at your fingertips. My New Forest information just for you.
New Forest pigs and piglets. Share my life with them just outside the gate during Pannage!
I note a few (very few) of the ponies in the New Forest wear reflective collars - obviously fitted by caring owners - would it be worth a campaign to make
Explore New Forest weddings for my personal recommendations for brides, for everythingon your special day.
New Forest dog friendly hotels places to stay for your and your dog.
Now New Forest Safari Tents for glamping and luxury under canvas.
We're Dog friendly New Forest here, and my pet tips should help you enjoy your visit. I live here and love my dog!
Are you looking for New Forest Wedding Tips and Planning help?
Are there any parking areas suitable for 7.5 ton horseshoes? Hi Melissa Lots of horse boxes park at Janesmoor Pond just outside Fritham. You can come
WW1 Memorial India discover this soldiers story at Brockenhurst..
New Forest Farmers Markets food: delicious cheese, bread, eggs, honey and cakes.
New Forest horse riding my personal recommendations.
I recently visited this moving WW2 memorial to see the recently added flags and this years remembrance crosses and wreaths.
More personal photos of Canadian servicemen have been added amongst the crosses this year too. Each little cross has its own personal story behind it.
I go past here regularly and often stop off. Although it is set high on a hill (Mogshade Hill) once you enter the little gate you soon forget the wind blowing you about, as you read the personal messages and admire the little crosses set out.
I've noticed that the Harley Davidson Harley Owners Group (HOG) always lay a beautiful poppy wreath each year.
If you want to visit then head for Bolderwood either from the A35 Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Dr, Minstead, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7 (postcode is incomplete) or via Bramshaw/Brook by turning off the A31 at the Cadnam turn off towards Brook,SO43 7HE. It's not the easiest place to find but look at a map before you leave so you get the layout of the area. You'll see lots of lovely little donkeys too if you're lucky!
The late October clock change is the most dangerous time of the year for all New Forest animals
Animal road deaths and injuries go up at this time of year as drivers speed across the forest unaware (or don't care) if they suddenly come up against a pony, cow, donkey or pig in their headlights
The obvious thing to do for your own and the animals safety is to SLOW DOWN and TAKE CARE
The Hampshire Fire and Rescue service, who do a fantastic job saving our animals and often people too throughout the year, have horrendous photos of animals accidents.
If you hit an animal at speed it may go through your windscreen and the chances of you surviving are not high!
I feel passionate about this as every time I see a near miss as a dangerous driver speeds past animals grazing by the road, who may move out at any time, and only just gets away with it, my blood boils.
Please take care for our New Forest animals and for your own safety and be aware of the danger at all times, but especially at this time of year of earlier dark nights.
Over the last few days we've had lots of wet weather.
It's been really sad to see the donkeys and their foals trying to keep dry.
I don't think they're as resilient to wet weather as our New Forest ponies but luckily at the moment as it's early in the season the weather isn't too cold as well as wet - that's a killing combination!
New Forest Walks, walking routes and trails I can recommend in this National Park, I've done them!
The New Forest cow is often a very varied breed. They're outside my door and get up to mischief which I'll share with you.
New Forest donkey update. More photos from outside my door and where to see them in the forest.
There are many places to see donkeys in the New Forest. The Forester's Arms at Frogham (SP6 2JA) usually has a lovely selection of mums and foals.
This year a little group has returned to our area and they are often outside our cottage.
There are a couple of beautiful little foals who enjoy seeing our dog go out for a walk - what type of donkey is this and does she want to play seems to be the theme most days.
Usual rules apply as with all the New Forest animals though - please don't touch, definitely never feed and always be aware that their mum might be protective of them. Otherwise, like us, enjoy!
The start of Pannage (when Commoners are allowed to put their pigs and piglets out onto the open New Forest, began on Monday 14 September.
So far I've managed to see one solitary pig!
(This was near Fritham if you want to try your luck, which frankly can only be better than mine!)
However, pigs are out and about all year round near Bramshaw so that would be a good place to try. Also a group have been put out on the other side of the New Forest at Ashurst.
When living here one thing I find amazing is the speed at which all the animals can move about. One minute I'm heading through woodland having spotted a donkey or pony then next minute they've gone. Despite pigs being seen as a bit lazy when they want to move on they too can disappear - so keep your eyes peeled!
A few months ago I went through a spate of people adding links to advertise their website on some of my Comments pages.
The comments usually started with a syrupy "wonderful website" comment and then the ad was added by a hidden link. Luckily they show up in blue and I am notified of them as they're posted.
The Comment pages are specifically for my visitors to add their experiences either following a visit to the New Forest or because they have a question to ask from my visitors, for example trying to catch up with long lost relatives etc.
If you read my actual Blog rather than the whole site I hope you pick this up and don't try to keep doing it.
Genuine tales, experiences and questions are still very much welcome for us all to enjoy and share though!
The Remembrance Day poppy will be seen throughout the New Forest for this special memorial day.
New Forest Beaulieu Review. Visit this really popular UK Tourist Attraction. Read my review before you come.
New Forest Family Tree Forum - who knows of your family? Why not exchange memories and histories.