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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
Buckland Rings - an Iron Age hill fort near Lymington
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
Stag Parks - a brief history
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
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
March
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.

April
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.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
March 2019
Saturday, 2nd - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00 - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 6th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, John Adams concert, 7.00pm - 10.00pm.
Saturday, 23rd - St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Welcome Spring, 2.30pm - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 24th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Holistic Health and Vegan Fair, 11.00am - 4.00pm.

April 2019
Sunday, 7th April to Wednesday, 29th May - Exbury Gardens, Four Seasons Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
Friday, 12th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, The Wife (15), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.

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