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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Animal accidents on the rise in New Forest

The New Forest National Park Authority and Verderers are asking drivers to be more careful when driving through the New Forest, following a surge of animal accidents during November.

During the first two weeks of November there were 20 accidents, including five fatalities, three injuries and two hit and runs; 19 of these accidents happened in the dark.

Nigel Matthews, Community & Visitor Services Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We want to urge drivers to be more alert. Drivers should look out for dark-coloured ponies which are often more difficult to see, especially at night. It is important to drive at a sensible speed, give animals a wide berth and make sure you can stop if one steps out onto the road at the last minute. Ponies have no road sense so it is up to the driver to take precautions and slow down when necessary.

‘It’s not just the animals that are at risk in an accident. Even at moderate speeds, the results could be catastrophic for your passengers and vehicle too.’

Sue Westwood, Clerk to the Verderers, said: ‘This is the worst spate of animal accidents for a long time. We are disappointed and want to remind people once again to be more vigilant when driving through the Forest.  If vehicles are coming towards you, slow down, so that you can see and have time to react if an animal steps out or crosses the road in front of you.  It is particularly difficult to see an animal that comes from the right-hand side when you are driving as your vision is compromised by the lights of oncoming vehicles.

‘Hit and runs are the most distressing of accidents – it’s vital that you report an accident straight away. Anyone who gives information leading to the successful prosecution of a driver, who fails to report an accident with a commoners’ animal, can claim a reward of up to £1000.

‘In recent years a number of drivers have been successfully prosecuted for failing to stop and report an accident with a Forest animal and the Verderers have paid several rewards.’

Driving tips:

  • Be ready to stop - ponies may step out even when they’ve seen you approaching
  • Slow down, especially at night and when other cars are approaching with their headlights on
  • Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth
  • Take extra care when there are animals on the verges on both sides of the road – they may cross to join their friends.
  • Remember that deer easily jump the fences alongside roads like the A337, A31 and A35 and when there is one deer more will usually follow
  • The faster you are going, the greater the damage will be to the animal, your car and your passengers - start your journey early so you don’t have to hurry.

If you witness an accident:
If you witness or are involved in an accident involving a pony, donkey, cow, pig or sheep, call the Police (999 for an emergency or 101 if it’s not an emergency). Animal emergency hotline cards also give you the numbers to call if you see sick, injured or distressed animals. Cards are available from garages and Local Information Points across the New Forest. To stock the cards contact the New Forest National Park Authority at

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

New Forest Walks - Ashurst to Brockenhurst Video

Whether you are a local or visitor to the New Forest, this video on New Forest Walks will take you on a real life hike from Ashurst to Brockenhurst. I found the quality of the video not that clever but the guide and commentry are excellent and a must see for anyone interested in viewing the inner depths of the Forest.

The walk starts near to the campsite at Ashurst and ends with the guide consuming a pint at a well known Pub at Brockenhurst - great way to finish a walk :)

Children will love this walk as it will put them directly in touch with nature and a very good chance of spotting Deer and other wildlife - so come on Mum and Dad, get those wellies on and get out and enjoy one of our New Forest Walks with the kids.

This video has been made to accompany a text-only guide at as part of the h2g2 AViators project.

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Twenty splendid short country walks in the New Forest National Park
The New Forest is the jewel of Hampshire's crown. Relatively unchanged for centuries, it continues to provide wonderful opportunities for the walker to experience both its unique woodland and rare wildlife. The New Forest is a working, living landscape consisting of peaceful lawns and wild heather moorland, all of which set it apart as a place for the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Its proximity to the commuter belt of the south east means that it is ideally placed for weekend walks, while it continues to attract visitors from much further afield, who come to stay and explore the area for a week or two. Read more...

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

New Forest Tour receives global tourism award

The New Forest Tour is celebrating after being awarded a highly commended at the 2012 Virgin Holiday Responsible Tourism Awards – the Oscars of the responsible tourism industry.

New Forest Tour Bus on the Green Route
The Tour received its commendation in the Best Responsible Transport category, beating stiff competition from around the world. There were over 1,600 nominations for a number of categories that were whittled down by a carefully selected panel of industry experts.

David Harrison, Lead Member for Transport at the New Forest National Park, said: ‘The New Forest Tour partners were delighted to be recognised for such a high profile award. The Tour plays an important role in reducing the impact of traffic and transport on the special qualities of the National Park and provides a memorable experience for thousands of customers during the summer months. I am delighted that the growth and on-going success of the Tour has been recognised in this way.

‘In 2011 the Tour saved over 147,000 private car miles and its customers generated a contribution of nearly £500,000 to the local economy. Its popularity led to the 2012 operation being extended for a further six weeks.’

Justin Francis, founder of The Responsible Tourism Awards and Managing Director of, said: ‘Once again we reveal the responsible tourism agenda-setters, the remarkable winners of the Responsible Tourism Awards. We've cast the net far and wide and received over 1,000 nominations for organisations of all sizes and types globally. It gives me great confidence that responsible tourism is flourishing, and provides further inspiration for our industry.’

Amanda Wills, Managing Director, Virgin Holidays, headline sponsor of the Awards said: ‘The Responsible Tourism Awards serve to remind us of what can be achieved with ingenuity, passion and commitment. They are also an opportunity for us to stop, be inspired, and remember why being 'responsible' in business should be - must be - second nature.’

The Awards were presented on World Responsible Tourism Day at the World Travel Market in London.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sandy Balls Camping Caravan Park Holiday Reviews

Are you looking for the perfect family camping holiday resort in the heart of the New Forest? Then I would seriously consider Sandy Balls Camping Caravan Park Holiday Centre. Perfect for Mum and Dad and the kids.

Whether you want to unwind and relax with an intimate break for two or are looking for a fun-filled family adventure - Sandy Balls Camping Holiday Centre is the perfect choice.

Nestled in 120 acres of peaceful woods and parkland Sandy Balls offers all its visitors a home from home in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Open all year round it's the perfect base from which to explore the changing seasons. Touring and camping pitches or ReadyTents, modern holiday homes or a choice of fantastic forest lodges.

So many activities like walking, cycling, fishing, swimming, horse riding, Kayaking and Canoeing, Archery, Golf and much, much more.

Relax and unwind - Take some time out for some real pampering. From a simple manicure or pedicure to a full body massage treatment, their beauty suite is your one-stop-relaxation and beauty treatment drop-in.

Whether you fancy eating in, dining out, grabbing a quick bite or you need something for the road – you'll find all you need at Sandy Balls New Forest Holiday Centre in the heart of the New Forest.

Why not take a minute and watch the video below to get an insight into what Sandy Balls Camping and Caravan Park is all about.

Video Acknowledgement:
which also is a great website for New Forest Activities

Of course, the best place to get full information is to visit the Sandy Balls Camping Caravan Park Holiday website.

Recommended Reading:
Caravan & Camping Britain 2011 (AA Caravan and Camping)
New Forest National Park: Short Walks

Camping Campsites and Caravanning in the New Forest Directory Reviews

Editors Remarks: I have had many requests from my Twitter Followers and Blog Readers asking for recommendations for camping venues in the New Forest area and I hope that this post and others will help them make an informed choice when booking their future holidays. If you have stayed at Sandy Balls New Forest Holiday Centre, then please do give your experiences in the Comments Box below. Many thanks.