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Brockenhurst: The site of the railway station, and the Parish Church of St. Nicholas - Richardson, King, Driver and Driver's late 18th century / early 19th century map

Brockenhurst station and church - Richardson, King, Driver and Driver map

Richardson, King, Driver and Driver's map

Maps are used throughout the New Forest Explorers' Guide to illustrate the changing face of the New Forest. The earliest of these was published in 1814 at a scale of 4 inches to the mile (6.3 centimetres to the kilometre), by Richardson, King, Driver and Driver. This was, though, a revised edition of the first reasonably accurate, large scale map of the New Forest, published in 1789 by the first three of those named.

The 1814 edition relied substantially upon the survey undertaken for the 1789 map, and was updated primarily to reflect relatively limited revisions to forestry inclosures. It therefore largely depicts the New Forest as it was immediately prior to 1789, rather than in 1814.

Note: On this map, the letter ‘L’ refers to lands held on leasehold from the Crown, whilst the letter ‘i’ is used to show incroachments, or parcels of land taken illegally from the Forest.

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New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
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New Forest seasonal highlights
Lesser celandine blooms illuminate woodlands, and heathland edges.
Fallow deer remain in single sex herds, the bucks at this time always separate from the does.
Curlews return from the coast to breed in and around the New Forest's wetter areas.

Red admiral butterflies are increasingly seen on bright, sunny days.

Redstarts are amongst the first returning long-distance migrant birds that arrive in April.
Large red damselflies take to the wing, the first of many such species that will soon be seen in the New Forest.
Bluebells blossom, sometimes in good numbers in ungrazed woodlands.
Badger cubs first appear above ground towards the end of the month.
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