Pine martens return to the south of England
A very rewarding project that we’ve supported was the study that confirmed that pine martens, a species previously only thought to have survived in the North of England, have established a population in the New Forest . Our grant enabled the team from Wild New Forest to conduct DNA analysis of pine marten ‘scats’, or droppings, to help determine the number of individual animals present in various areas.
Common Cause: Shared Forest
Funding has been provided to help support the Shared Forest Project, which aims to increase public awareness of commoning as a modern farming system and as an important part of the New Forest’s cultural heritage. It also aims to encourage local residents and visitors to better understand commoning and help safeguard animals grazing on the open Forest.
More information about the project can be found at: www.newforestcommoners.com/
Educating local and inner city children
Our funding is helping over 3,300 children from local and inner city schools learn about the culture and heritage of the New Forest, become more aware of the importance of conservation and gain new skills.
Attending the education programme at the New Forest Heritage Centre the children take part in interactive sessions including outdoor group work, visits to the Verderers Court and opportunities to explore Museum handling collections.
New Forest Smooth Snake Survey
This is a volunteer based project which aims to further the distribution knowledge of the smooth snake in the New Forest National Park.
More about this project can found at: www.arc-trust.org/new-forest-smooth-snake-survey
Animal Safety – New Forest Tour Buses
More information on animal accidents and what is being done to help prevent them can be found at: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/conservation/supporting-commoning/annimal-accidents