Welcome to my New Forest National Park life - which I'd like to share with you!
I'm Christina and I'm passionate about living here in this beautiful area - did you guess?
My New Forest National Park life means 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.
Would you like to keep them safe? Here's how you can help.
Slow down on our roads and add an extra 3 minutes to your journey.
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!"
All my latest news is updated on my Blog.
You can also view the last 3 blogs I've published below the left hand Nav bars. Coloured links on all my pages will help you find your way around.
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Please enjoy my New Forest life photos (all copywritten) and recommendations with me, ready for your visit.
WELCOME TO THE BEAUTIFUL NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK
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I saw my first foal of 2018 today. A beautiful little chestnut. It was at Telegraph Hill which is on the horrendous Roger Penny Way. Many drivers I saw were thundering along well over the 40M.P.H. speed limit! What hope for new life eh?
From New Forest Roads Campaign Facebook post re: 2017 animal accident figures:
"Some facts and figures for you. As provided by the Verderers Office.
In 2017, the Agisters attended 134 collisions with animals depastured on the New Forest.
Of those 78 animals were killed or injured. 56 were killed (22 injured). 39 of those animals were ponies, 6 of which were wearing collars.
Of the total 134 incidents, 35 happened in daylight, 17 at twilight, and 82 in the dark.
Where recorded all of the incidents involved cars rather than any other type of vehicle.
14 incidents were hit and run. 50 involved 'local' motorists which we are told includes vehicles driven by people who live up to 2 miles outside the Forest.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN for animals on the Forest, especially at night. Hopefully thanks to all of the organisations that work so tirelessly to reduce the number of road collisions these figures are lower than those for 2016 (146 incidents - 98 deaths and injuries) but we need to keep going."
Why? You're endangering their lives - especially if you stop at the side of the road to offer a carrot or apple. They very quickly realise food could be available, stay close to the roadside and end up getting run down, horribly injured and killed by speeding or careless motorists!
They have plenty to eat from the New Forest natural environment and don't need human titbits.They can also die of colic if they eat something they shouldn't be given.
They are wild, feral animals and even if you find what you think is a friendly one they can still kick and bite! Sorry to deliver such a harsh message but it is our animals who suffer in the end and we love them and try to keep them as safe as we can.
Please buy these banners for your car to try to raise awareness of road deaths for our New Forest ponies Thank you..........
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. Please contact the Verderers if you have info on my animal accidents blog
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 999. The police will contact the Agister for that area. It may run off after being hit - still report it as it may end up lying injured not far away and may die in agony.
New Forest National Park ponies on The Drift - always take care.
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 - 2015 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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Find out where to go to discover pigs like these. I can tell you the best place to see pigs and other animals.
Please Contact me for any help.
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