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Brockenhurst pubs

The Foresters Arms (B)
The Foresters Arms, Brockenhurst

Location: Brookley Road, Brockenhurst village, close to the railway station

Postcode: SO42 7RR (for Sat Nav and Google Maps users)

Food: Yes

Garden: Yes

Accommodation: No

At the bar:

Fuller’s London Pride
Ringwood Best
Ringwood Fortyniner
Boddington's
Guinness
Fosters
Heineken
Stella Artois
Thatchers Gold Somerset Cider

(All details as at April 2013)

The Huntsman
- formerly the Rose and Crown (C)
The Rose and Crown, Brockenhurst

Location: Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst - beside the A337, close to Brockenhurst centre, to the north of the railway station

Postcode: SO42 7RH (for Sat Nav and Google Maps users)

Food: Yes

Garden: Yes

Accommodation: Yes

Rose and Crown, Brockenhurst - historical image
A glimpse of the past -
The Rose and Crown in days-gone-by

At the bar:

Marston's Merrie Monk
Jennings Tom Fool
Ringwood Fortyniner
Ringwood Best
Guinness
Strongbow
Carlsberg Extra Cold
Foster's
Kronenbourg 1664
Stella Artois
Peroni Nastro Azzurro

(All details as at May 2012)

The Snakecatcher (D)
The Snakecatcher, Brockenhurst

Location: Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst - beside the A337, close to Brockenhurst centre, to the north of the railway station

Postcode: SO42 7RL (for Sat Nav and Google Maps users)

Food:12 noon - 9.00 pm every day

Garden: Yes

Accommodation: No

Railway Inn, Brockenhurst - historical image
A glimpse of the past - The Railway Inn,
which is now known as the Snakecatcher

At the bar:

Ringwood Fortyniner
Ringwood Best
Guinness
Stella Artois
Amstel Bier
Kronenbourg 1664
Fosters
Pilsner Urquell
Strongbow
Symonds Cider

(All details as at April 2013)

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).
** 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.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley