Warning of fireworks distressing New Forest ponies

New forest ponies and fireworks news article

Published Tuesday 20 October 2015

Fireworks display organisers in the New Forest are being asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

The livestock in the National Park can be easily frightened by loud bangs and bright lights on Guy Fawkes Night, causing them to panic and to run into the road or into fencing and injuring themselves.  

Fiona Macdonald, Chairman of the New Forest Equine Forum, said: ‘We want everyone to enjoy the Bonfire night celebrations. However, we would ask that anyone thinking about organising a local firework display speak to their neighbouring landowners first so that those responsible for grazing animals can take necessary precautions to safeguard their stock. Horses are easily spooked by a sudden burst of fireworks, which can cause them a great deal of distress.’

Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We would ask people to bear in mind that the ponies and cattle on the Forest are greatly affected by fireworks and that frightened animals can run onto the road.’

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

• Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
• Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

• Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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