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My New Forest Life News January 2020
Happy New Year!
I'm Christina and I'm passionate about living in this beautiful place - did you guess? I'd like to share with you the joy and beauty of living in this lovely environment, as well as some of the sadder issues I encounter as part of life here.
I live inside a cattle grid (in a cottage not a cattle grid!).
I'm a New Forest Commoner which means my animal(s) roam outside my gate.
The animals you see aren't "wild" but are all owned by Commoners like me.
We love and respect our animals and an awful lot of hard work, care and attention goes into keeping each and every one of them safe. My Blog seems to be becoming a rant on trying to keep our animals safe, which is a shame as living here is a joy.
However, there's also some good news - the New Forest pigs are out for Pannage and it's been extended until 23rd December 2019! Find out more.
Safety is an ongoing issue whether it's road accidents, feeding them by the roadside or other dangers.
What do you do if you hit an animal? Always report it immediately
For more Police details and where you stand legally visit my animal accidents info
The latest report shows just how many of our animals are killed or injured on the roads each year.
Here's how you can help prevent animal accidents
(unless on official sites)
Lots of don'ts so I'll explain why.
SPEEDING - is a no brainer but every single day I see drivers speeding (often locals with a determined look on their faces to get to their destinations) - they're on a road so it's OK to go above the speed limit?
FEEDING - you'll encourage an animal to come up to a car - the last thing we want if you're by a roadside! The animals will then have even less fear of cars and their dangers and they will also start to kick each other to get the tit bit.
PET - all of the above! but this time YOU'RE likely to get bitten or kicked. I recently saw a well meaning grandpa letting a tiny toddler wander along when a herd of ponies were having a run around! Amazing behaviour - the ponies have the right of way on roads and everywhere else - it's YOUR responsibility to keep yourself safe around them.
BBQ - every year I pick up discarded BBQ's from all around the New Forest. Do you think there's a litter fairy who clears up your waste? Animals will investigate hot embers and get burnt or injured. The New Forest is always under fire risk so having an illegal BBQ is a no brainer!
That's a rant over. One of the saddest sights I've seen recently was a lovely new born ( a couple of days old) donkey foal near a road with its mum. When I came back a few hours later it was dead! Short life eh?
When are motorists going to respect our environment and drive slowly with care? - the New Forest is NOT a convenient rat-run!
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A huge fire the size of a couple of football pitches destroyed habitat a few years ago. A smouldering BBQ left anywhere in the forest may injure ponies and other animals and wildlife. There are plenty of car parks you can have a BBQ safely without fire risk so please stick to them.
I get many questions about the New Forest pigs Last year I saw a lovely little gang of 12! with their mum. I had to wrestle a plastic bag off one piglet so please always take your litter home - it could save an animals life!
Please.........Slow down on our roads and add an extra 3 minutes to your journey.
There is now a £5,000 reward for any information leading to the successful prosecution of a Hit and Run driver who kills one of our New Forest animals. All contact numbers are on my animal accidents blog
Please don't feed them by the roadside - it is where most of them get killed if motorists have encouraged them with titbits!
Please don't feed them at all - they always get enough food and can die a painful death from a "treat!"
You may be thinking that there's a lot of whinging/rules here but believe me as Commoners we see potential dangers to our animals on a daily basis.
Would you like a monthly Newsletter email from me? It will mainly cover the problems we have on our New Forest roads and other welfare issues for our commoning animals. However, any tales or issues I think you'd enjoy will also be included.
Urgent Road Safety Information for Visitors and More Importantly Locals!
Please watch this video. It explains just how carefully you need to drive on our New Forest roads and that the animals who roam freely have right of way - perhaps something you weren't aware of?
If you hit an animal and injure or kill it you must report it - ring 101.
The police will contact the Agister for that area.
The animal may run off after being hit - still report it as it may end up lying injured not far away and may die in agony. The Agister will search the area and try to find the injured animal so the owner can be contacted and a decision made on what the kindest outcome for the animal will be.
New Forest National Park ponies on The Drift - always take care.
The Verderer's Court Animal Accident Report (showing the 2018 figures)
Agister attended 154 (2017 figs 134)
38 ponies, 12 cattle, 5 donkeys, 5 pigs, 3 sheep died
11 ponies, 8 cattle, 6 donkeys and 1 pig were injured (the animals may then have been destroyed)
17 animals were uninjured and 48 animals reported to have been involved in accidents were not located
41 accidents happened in daylight, 17 at twilight and 96 in the dark. 41 were known to be local motorists
30 were recorded as Hit & Run as they were not reported by the driver involved
Total number of Commoner's animals killed and injured in 2018 was 89 compared with 78 in 2017.
This information was taken from the Facebook page of the New Forest Roads Campaign which is a very valuable and very up to date source of animal accident information - please follow and support.
Please always report an animal accident (you're required to by Law)
Very depressing figures I think you'll agree? It often feels like a huge uphill struggle - but it is worth it!
Thefts from cars
The police recently warned me how car park thieves work - I never, ever leave anything in my car and always take my bag (if I have one) and valuables with me. Apparently you may be being watched and the thieves are looking to see you either store your valuables (perhaps hidden under a seat? - it doesn't work!) or put them in your boot. They are then ready to break into your car once you've left it.
I always have my valuables stashed in my pockets but that again can make them think I've stored a bag somewhere in the car - it's hard to win isn't it? Please take care - don't leave anything you would hate to lose in your car and watch out for people in cars or walking dogs near you as you leave the car. How sad that I need to post this warning?
A New Forest National Park autumn scene - pigs out for Pannage in the woods
It's a wonderful way to get close to the history of this beautiful National Park.
Visit New Forest Family Tree Forum and post your questions to find out more of your family history during WW1 and WW2. Were your relatives stationed here during WW1 and WW2? My Family Tree Building Tips suggests ways to find out about your past. We have discovered in our family tree searches that we don't come from royal blood!
Our local Miss Pig after a cooling mud bath - she actually attended the local school fete on this day - without an invite!
New Forest National Park Important Safety Information
Animal and Road Safety Advice from the Police
"Remember that animals have the priority on the roads within the New Forest boundaries. Please drive to the road conditions, be mindful that animals can be concealed within hedges, behind trees etc and will walk out into the road without any notice despite your approach. Please keep your speed down and by doing so you will increase your chances of being able to avoid collisions". For more advice please read my Animal Accidents info.
At the moment, to live here I need to work to support this lifestyle.
When eventually silver surfer
status takes me over I know I can work from home and earn money from my
very own home business. It is and will be hard work but whether you are
mum who wants to work from home or a silver surfer looking for a great way to spend some retirement time - there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Now, you can learn how to Build Your Own Site. Why not put on the kettle and find out more? And at the moment there is a Special offer for you to try!
Now you can opt to pay monthly throughout the year - 2018 may just be your year!
Anyway, back to my favourite subject..............
I hope you enjoy visiting New Forest Life and that you explore and enjoy this beautiful area with me.
Finally, please do let me have feedback on how you feel about my New Forest Life website, and do tell me if there is anything you would like to see added to the site for your enjoyment. I hope you enjoy visiting the New Forest National Park with me, and that you take home many lovely memories too. Please Contact Me if you have any questions. Many Thanks.
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Here's some really great news - you can now get your very own personalised Ordnance Survey map for any area of the UK you like.
This was kindly given to me recently. It shows the National Park on 1:50 000 scale and is my own personal copy with my website on.
A wonderful present for anyone