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Sea fishing - from beach or boat

The New Forest is bordered to the east by Southampton Water and to the south by the Solent. Both provide many opportunities for sea fishing from local beaches.

Deep waters off Hurst Spit, for example, can apparently yield cod, dogfish, conger, pouting, garfish, mackerel, dabs and plaice; whilst the shore alongside Pennington Marshes can provide smoothhounds, stingray, pout, bass and, in winter, flounder and whiting.

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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