Warning of fireworks distressing New Forest ponies

New forest ponies and fireworks news article

Published Wednesday 2 November 2016

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.  

Suzanne Kempe, 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.’

Harry Oram, the New Forest National Park Authority’s representative on the Equine Forum, said: ‘We would ask people to bear in mind that the ponies and cattle on the Forest are greatly affected by fireworks and can also run into the road.’

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Notes to Photo Editor:

A poster encouraging people to be aware of animals this fireworks night.

Notes to Editor:

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:
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: beki.mole@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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