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Fishing - freshwater fishing in lake and river

Hatchet Pond
Hatchet Pond

Coarse fishing is available within the New Forest at Hatchet Pond, a little to the south-west of Beaulieu; and nearby at Broadlands Lake, close to the M27, not far from Romsey. Day tickets are available for both. Check the Forestry Commission and Broadlands Lakes web sites for further information.

Consider, too, Christchurch Angling Club day tickets which are available for a number of their waters.

Coarse and game fishing day tickets are also available for waters a little outside the New Forest - on the renowned Rivers Avon and Itchen. Salisbury and District Angling Club, for example, offer Hampshire Avon fishing at Charford - south of Salisbury, the Lower Itchen Fishery operates a little to the north of Southampton, whilst the Royalty Fishery is near Christchurch.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley