Animal Safety In The New Forest
The New Forest national park is home to ponies, deer, lizards, birds and many more different kinds of animals. Everyone who visits the national park has a duty to ensure the safety of all of the wildlife, from the big highland cattle that roam the heathland to the birds nesting in the woodlands.
If you have a road traffic collision with a New Forest animal it is an offence not to report it. Keep the animal emergency hotlines card on you at all times throughout your visit as this will provide you with all the contacts you may need, if you are to have a collision with an animal.
With around 3000 ponies roaming the New Forest they are a big attraction. The ponies are wild in the sense that they have the freedom to roam the forest but they are in fact owned by New Forest Commoners. The Verderers employ Agisters, and it is their duty to manage the Commoners stock, this includes attending accidents involving their stock, making sure the stock is healthy and much more.
If you come across a sick, injured or dead pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep (other than one involved in a road traffic accident), call the Verderers Office on 023 8028 2052 during normal office hours, or 023 8028 3141 at other times. For sick or injured deer, ring the Forestry Commission on 023 8028 3141.
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