Fewer cars in New Forest is good news for animals

Fewer cars in New Forest is good news for animals

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:47pm 30th March 2020.

2 minute read

For the second week in a row, there's been no accidents involving livestock in the National Park.

The New Forest Verderers, the group that look after the area and its Commoner's animals, publishes a report each week of how many traffic collisions they've been called out to deal with.

For the last two weeks (commencing 16th and 23rd March), they've said:

"We are very pleased to report that there were no RTA's involving Commoners stock for the above week."

Roger Penny Way B3078 - New Forest pony ponies - Animal Deaths High Risk road - speeding (Mike Draper) (7)
Drivers are constantly reminded to watch their speed and look out for livestock in the New Forest

That could be attributed to fewer vehicles using the New Forest's roads, following the Government's advice to stay at home.

Hampshire Police have also been posting on social media to thank drivers for adhering to the rules to help stop the spread of Covid-19.


The Verderers in the New Forest say that if we see injured livestock, or we're involved in a collision with an animal, we should get in contact with them.

There's a number of ways to do that: 

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Click on the image to visit the Verderers website

Throughout 2019, there were a total of 159 accidents involving animals across the New Forest.

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