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Showcasing New Forest Wildlife

The Date with Nature project provides a unique showcase of New Forest Wildlife.

Working with the RSPB, our funding helped to provide training and support to the team of volunteers, without whom this project could not survive.

Open 7 days a week and completely free of charge to attend, it offers a great opportunity to get outdoors, explore and find out more about the New Forest flora, fauna and natural heritage.

During the season almost 100 people visit a day – and there are extra activities for children in school holidays and the cutting edge “Raptor cam” technology shows live footage of goshawks and hobbies birds.

Ferny Crofts Scouts Activity Centre

The Trust provided funding for pond dipping equipment and a boardwalk and so that young people could discover and learn more about the wildlife of the New Forest.

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre is situated in the heart of the New Forest near Beaulieu.

 

A-Z of Commoning and the New Forest

We produce and distribute thousands of copies of our A-Z guide of to help people learn more about the commoning animals, New Forest way of life and the rules of the area to help keep everybody safe.

If you would like a paper copy of our A-Z or think you can help stock or distribute it then please contact us

Click the letters below to learn more about the New Forest.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

The Stallion Scheme

The New Forest Trust contributed to the funds needed to help pay for grazing for stallions when they are not out on the Forest.

The Stallion Scheme was carefully developed to help reduce the number of foals born on the Forest by limiting the number of stallions and only letting them out during some of the summer months.

The New Forest Verderers manage the Scheme and they select the stallions that are allowed out on the Open Forest. Although the Stallion Scheme helps to ensure the best quality of foals are raised on the Forest more importance is given to the fact that the welfare of the ponies is much improved, especially in winter.

Publicity for Ponies

The New Forest Trust provided a contribution towards running the costs of the New Forest Pony Publicity Group, which has taken on the important task of promoting New Forest Pony breed.

A New Forest Pony can make a delightful second stage riding pony for children because they are no taller than 15 hands. Also a “Forester” can have all the characteristics needed to survive on open heaths through the winter, feeding on gorse and holly. This makes it an ideal pony to introduce on to heaths elsewhere in the country where conservation is important.

The New Forest Pony Publicity Group provides information online to encourage private sales and they spend time at shows and events throughout the UK promoting the breed.