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Monday, 7 August 2017

Help NFNPA care for the New Forest

The New Forest National Park is a great place for walking, dog walking, cycling and horse riding. When you’re enjoying healthy exercise, fresh air, beautiful surroundings and the rich wildlife, please help us to care for this very special place.


Article and photo from: New Forest NPA

Birds: To help ground nesting birds rear their young safely, keep yourself, dogs and ridden horses on the main tracks from the beginning of March to the end of July.

Dogs: To minimise disturbance to wildlife, livestock and other people, please keep your dogs close by you and visible at all times - if necessary use a lead.  Pick up after your dog, especially around car parks, on paths and where people play or picnic, and take bagged waste home if there is no litter bin.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Five top tips for camping success

shared by National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Whether you’re a first-time camper, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in-between, there’s something truly magical about spending a night under canvas.



With campsites at various places we look after across the country, you can camp on a working farm or near a watermill, pitch your tent in a stunning coastal landscape or relax in rolling countryside, nestled in peaks and dales.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Can Dogs Eat Cheese? 10 Toxic Foods, 23 Safe Ones and A Few in the Middle

Dogs and cats are the two most common pets. They are constant companions, and for real dog and cat lovers, they would have more than one pet around with them. Dog owners would have whole kennels of dogs and puppies if they had the space to spare. Of course, the ultimate cat lover would be the cat lady who takes care of more than a dozen pet cats.

Taking care of pets is not an easy task. Besides food and shelter, the owner also has to ensure the good health of the pets. If he had a lot of dogs or cats, a single one of them getting sick might spread the disease with the rest of the household. In the same manner, the owner has to ensure that the foods that the pets eat are healthy and not something that may be toxic.

New pet owners have this mortal fear that their pets would just fall over and die on them. The truth is that there are some types of food which are naturally toxic to dogs and cats. Usually, these toxic foods also happen to be healthy for humans.

Monday, 9 January 2017

22 ways how owning a dog can improve your health

Dogs are considered as man's best friends because of their loyalty and affection. They are sweet and cuddly, not to mention cute! You'll be surprised that owning a dog also has benefits on your health, and there are several of them.

If you don't have a dog yet, you'll be encouraged on getting one after reading this post. One of the things that you'll notice about dogs is that they are active and playful. They are perfect buddies for walking or running. Making it a habit to walk or run with your pet around the neighborhood is a good exercise for you. As you know, this is a vital part of staying fit and healthy.

Dogs are amazing stress relievers, as they help decrease the chemicals in your body that make you feel bad, while increasing the chemicals that make you feel good. Lower stress level also contributes to lower blood pressure.

Monday, 24 October 2016

12 interesting facts about the New Forest in a Tweet

A New Forest scene as shown in one of
New Forest Commoners tweets.
Each tweet on Twitter is like a mini blog post. Every day on my profile at @forestwaterside I scroll through my followers tweets reading the wealth of interesting information.

For some time now I have been particularly interested by the tweets put up by New Forest Commoner @Forest_Commoner. In the main, the tweets are comprised of very interesting facts about the New Forest.

Their Twitter Profile states: "Keeping the history, ecology and cultural traditions of the New Forest alive through practice of 'commoning'. Sharing information about #NewForest & #commoning."

I have listed here a dozen of the tweets they have published and hope you find them as interesting and informative as I have. For many more interesting and informative tweets go and follow them at @Forest_Commoner - enjoy!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Discover joys of walking with New Forest walking groups

New Forest walking groups
Walkers take part in a Walking for Health stroll
near Fordingbridge.
Help is at hand for those looking to start walking more in 2016, with the launch of two new healthy walking groups in the New Forest.

The groups are based in Ringwood and led by trained volunteer walk leaders, supported by the New Forest National Park Authority. Leaders are on hand to support and encourage all walkers, irrespective of their speed or ability, helping you to get active and stay healthy.

These walking groups are part of the Walking for Health scheme, a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and The Ramblers, which offers over 3,000 walks each week across the UK.