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Pony near Hampton Ridge
For comprehensive information about the New Forest National Park
For comprehensive information about the New Forest National Park
***** For information about New Forest access restrictions and related matters, check out the Forestry England website and the websites of the individual venues you wish to visit. *****

New Forest Heritage Centre

Located in the New Forest Heritage Centre, beside the main car park in Lyndhurst, the New Forest Museum contains permanent exhibits and displays illustrative of New Forest life in days-gone-by, accompanied by a range of activities provided to particularly engage younger visitors. Special seasonal and commemorative events are also staged.

An attractive Gift Shop within the Centre sells a wide range of New Forest-related items, whilst art and other exhibitions are held within the New Forest Gallery. New Forest-related and other talks take place in the lecture theatre.

(Details of the exhibitions and lectures are included in the New Forest 'What's On' section).

Upstairs, the Christopher Tower New Forest Reference Library houses what is considered to be the most comprehensive collection of books, maps, reports and ephemera on the New Forest available to the public in a single location.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
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).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley