Warning of fireworks distressing New Forest livestock

New forest ponies and fireworks news article

Published Monday 30 October 2017

Fireworks display organisers and residents 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 Bonfire Night. It can cause them to injure themselves by panicking and running across roads or into fencing.

New Forest Commoner Lyndsey Stride said: 'I would like to thank all residents living close to the open Forest and commoners holdings who choose not to let fireworks off in their gardens. This stops animals being frightened by the loud bangs and explosions and could help prevent an accident occurring on the road, caused by frightened ponies galloping away in fear. Please also take extra care when driving in the dark, #add3minutes to your journey, drive slowly and make sure you arrive safely.' 

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.’

Ian Davis, Chairman of the New Forest Equestrian Association, said: ‘We would also like to ask residents, visitors and organisers to refrain from using Chinese Lanterns. They can drift for long distances and can prove fatal to horses or ponies that chew on them or even try and eat them.’


Notes to Photo Editor:

Please be aware of animals this Bonfire Night.

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.

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