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New Forest history in the landscape - an introduction

Enjoy the great outdoors! The New Forest is a marvellous outdoor museum available for all who care to take a look.

Almost wherever one walks, drives or rides in the New Forest, the landscape illustrates well the impact of man's activities over the past 3,500, or so, years. Some of the feaures - the shapes in the landscape - are really difficult to miss, whilst others sometimes take a bit of finding. But whatever your level of interest, visits to the New Forest will always be enhanced by a little knowledge of what has gone before.

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Ashley Walk Bombing Range - a reminder of deadly business in World War Two
Bee Gardens - wild places for hives and honey
Bishop's Dyke - a simple, centuries old earthen bank and ditch that winds around a 7.25 kilometre (4½ mile) serpentine course
Bramshaw Telegraph - a Napoleonic signalling station
Bronze Age barrows (butts) - burial places from times long gone
Browse lines - created and maintained by deer and commoners' stock
Canadian Memorial - a simple wooden Cross in memory of war-time sacrifices
Cut Walk - a short-cut for use by the gentry
Eyeworth Pond and the Schultze Gunpowder Factory - the man-made pond is now a beautiful landscape feature
Ice Houses - reminders of how ice was stored in the days before fridges were available
Iron Age hill forts - securely placed on high
Irons Well - its healing qualities brought visitors from afar
The Park Pale and Lyndhurst Old Park - the remains of a medieval deer park
Pollard trees and Coppice trees - woodland management through the ages
Portuguese Fireplace - left by wartime helpers in the woods
Re-seeded grasslands - open spaces cropped in times of trouble
Royal Hunting Lodges and Church 'place' names - humble earthwork remains closely associated with church 'place' names
Rufus Stone - a memorial to Red Rufus
Second World War airfields - an introduction
Stoney Cross Airfield - a detailed look at the airfield
Turnpike milestones and toll roads - tell-tale reminders of the early days of rapid transport
Volunteer rifle ranges and the Rifle Volunteer Corps - places where ordinary folk learnt the skills of war
Wood-banks - moss-clad survivors from an earlier age
Woodland Inclosures - a bit of history - places of timber production, and valuable wildlife habitats

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New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies in the road
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but in 2015, 55 were killed on the roads.
Always take care when driving
New Forest seasonal highlights
January
Honeysuckle, an early harbinger of spring, shows signs of new growth.
Bird sounds - great tit calls and mistle thrush song, for example - are increasingly heard as the days lengthen and spring rapidly approaches.
Foxes breed during the early months of the year. Their presence is betrayed by barks after darkness falls.


February
Great grey shrikes hunt over heathland from tree-top vantage points and other perches.
Grey squirrels are often best seen in winter when deciduous trees are devoid of leaves.
Red Admirals and other butterflies that over-winter as adults may be on the wing on warm, bright days.
Roe deer
antlers continue to develop - they are cast and re-grown annually.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
January 2018
Saturday, 6th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 19th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Moviola Presents Dunkirk (12A), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Saturday, 20th - New Forest Centre - Lyndhurst, Fundraising Book Sale, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Sunday, 28th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest National Park Volunteer Fair, 10.30am - 4.00pm.

February 2018
Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, 'Kidnapped at Christmas', a play performed by members of Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society.
Monday, 5th to Tuesday, 20th - Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Art Exhibition presented by the New Forest Art Society, 10.00am - 4.00pm (final day 3.00pm).
For further details, view the full New Forest What's on programme.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley