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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
Beaulieu Airfield - one of a number of New Forest, Second World War airfields
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
Buckland Rings - an Iron Age hill fort near Lymington
Canadian Memorial - a simple wooden Cross in memory of war-time sacrifices
Castle Hill, Burley - an Iron Age Hillfort with fine views
Castle Hill, Ring and Bailey castle - a Norman fortification near Godshill
Castleman's Corkscrew - a historic railway line through the New Forest
Cut Walk - a short-cut for use by the gentry
East Boldre Airfield - the home of the New Forest Aviation School and also RFC Beaulieu, a First World War airfield
Eyeworth Pond and the Schultze Gunpowder Factory - the man-made pond is now a beautiful landscape feature
Frankenbury - the largest Iron Age hill fort in the New Forest
Ice Houses - reminders of how ice was stored in the days before fridges were available
Iron Age hill forts - a general overview of New Forest hill forts
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
Stag Parks - a brief history
Stoney Cross Airfield - a detailed look at the airfield
Stubby Copse Fort - an Iron Age hillfort deep in the woods
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
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.
** Always take care when driving **
New Forest seasonal highlights
November
Sika deer continue to engage in rutting behaviour, and will do so until December.
Pigs seek out the remains of the acorn crop.
Beech leaves are transformed into a magnificent mosaic of glorious reds and golds. Other deciduous trees, too, take on an autumnal cloak before their leaves fall.
Dragonflies can occasionally be seen on the wing on bright days early in the month.


December
Foxglove leaves survive the winter at ground level, and offer the prospect of colourful summer blooms to come.
Redwings and fieldfares, autumn and winter visitors, gorge on haws and holly berries.
Great grey shrikes and hen harriers hunt over the heaths and other open spaces.
Honeysuckle by the end of the month often shows welcome signs of new growth.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
November 2019
Wednesday, 6th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Overweight or Underweight? Managing extremes of weight in horses and ponies, 7.30pm.
Saturday, 9th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Children's Panto - Dick Whittington, 2.00pm - 3.15pm.
Wednesday, 13th - Verderers Hall open morning, Lyndhurst, 10.00am - 12noon.
Right the way through to Sunday, 5th January - New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Exhibition - Marine Paintings of the New Forest, 10.00am - 4.00pm.

December 2019
Sunday, 1st - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am to 5.00pm.
Saturday, 7th - Lyndhurst Christmas Fun Day, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunday 8th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Star in the Jar, 2.00pm - 3.00pm.

For further details, view the full New Forest What's on programme.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley