Watch for ponies

Ponies graze by the roadside

Animal emergency hotlines

From this page you can download a credit card-size reminder of the New Forest's animal emergency hotlines to print out and keep in your wallet or the glove compartment of your car.

Call 01590 646600 if you want us to send you one or e-mail us at

The aim of the card is to help reduce accidents overall by raising awareness of the issue and to tell people what to do if they have an accident involving an animal.

About 100 commoners’ ponies, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep are killed or injured on the Forest’s roads each year along with a similar number of deer.

It is important that people report all animal accidents as soon as possible; some animals survive but have serious internal injuries. Why not keep the card in your wallet or car so that the numbers to call are always to hand?

Remember: the animals have right of way; drive slowly day and night and give them a wide berth.

Those crucial numbers are:

Police (24hrs) - 101 (emergency)
0845 045 4545 (non-emergency)
Road traffic accident involving a pony, cow, donkey, pig, sheep, dog or deer
Verderers' Office
023 8028 2052 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Sick, injured or distressed pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep
Forestry Commission
0300 067 4600 (24hrs)
Sick, injured or distressed pony, cow, donkey, pig, sheep or deer


  • Even if it runs off, the animal may have serious injuries
  • Forest animals have no road sense and have right of way!
  • Drive slowly, especially at night, and give animals a wide birth
  • If you feed animals they may stay by the road and be killed.

  1. Drive carefully
  2. Avoiding animal accidents
  3. Animal emergency hotlines (you are here)
  4. I go slow for ponies
  5. Deer road traffic accidents


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