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New Forest reptiles and amphibians - an introduction

A slow worm disturbed whilst crossing a Forest track at Fritham
A slow worm disturbed whilst
crossing a Forest track at Fritham

Encouraged by the relatively mild climate, all Britain’s native reptiles are present in the New Forest – that’s adders, grass snakes, smooth snakes, slow worms, common lizards and incredibly scarce sand lizards.

Amphibians also breed in permanent or temporary pools, including, of course, common frogs and toads, and also smooth, palmate and great crested newts.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
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).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley