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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 - invaluable in defence of the realm
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
July
Silver-washed fritillary butterflies brighten many woodland rides.
Bird song subsides as the annual moult begins, old worn feathers are cast off and new replacements grown.
Wild gladiolus plants bloom. (In the UK, this species is found only in the New Forest).
Dragonflies and Damselflies take to the wing in ever increasing numbers.

August
Heather blossom produces huge swathes of heathland colour, adding to the pinks and purples of earlier flowering cross-leaved heath and bell heather.
Fallow, red and sika deer antlers, when fully grown, are cleaned of velvet in preparation for the autumn rut.
New Forest pony drifts - the annual round-ups begin.
Marsh gentian blooms add splashes of blue to some of the wetter heathlands.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
July 2017
Saturday, 1st - Burley Village Hall, Cycle Jumble, 9.30am - 3.00pm.
Friday, 14th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night - Hidden Figures (PG), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Saturday, 15th - St Michael and All Angels Church, Lyndhurst, Per Piacere Chamber Orchestra, 7.30pm.
Sunday, 16th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.

August 2017
Throughout the month - Exbury Gardens, Look Twice Artists Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Sunday, 6th - Lymington Summer Spectacular, from 10.00am.
Wednesday, 16th - New Forest Reptile Centre, Wild Wednesday, 10.30am - 4.00pm.
Thursday, 24th - Bolton's Bench, Lyndhurst, Wild About Ponies, 1.00pm - 2.00pm.
For further details, view the full New Forest What's on programme.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley