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Sunday, 30 June 2013

NFNP - New Forest Walks

Walking is a wonderful way to see the New Forest National Park close up. There are many possible walks to take you into the woods, by sea, over heath or by rivers and streams. Experience the colours of changing seasons and the diverse flora and fauna.

Longslade by Barry Whitcher
One of the special qualities of the National Park is the freedom to ramble across unenclosed land. From April to July there may be signs asking people to avoid certain areas to limit disturbance to rare breeding birds, such as snipe, curlew and redshank. These birds nest on the ground in wet areas.

There are also many waymarked trails on the Forestry Commission website and guided walks organised by the National Park and others in the New Forest.

If you're looking to get fit and join like-minded people, why not try one of the New Forest Healthy Walks groups?

Visit the NFNP website for more Things to do at:


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...

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Experts predict extinction of New Forest Ponies

I was shocked to read in the Express today that the New Forest Pony could become extinct. Apparently, the number of stallions imported into the Forest has dropped from 100 to just 10 following the collapse in demand for ponies.

New Forest Pony as published in the Express
Once again, it seems that the financial cost plays a big part in this. You can read the full story at the Express on-line at:

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