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Commoning and the Forest

Commoning makes a positive contribution to the remarkable biodiversity of the New Forest. The free-roaming animals have an ever-changing pattern of grazing which could not be replicated by a single herd.

There are many examples of flora and fauna which benefit from the grazing of commoners’ animals, including Southern blue damselfly, silver studded blue butterflies, chamomile and small fleabane.

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'Please don’t feed or pet the animals; they may look friendly but they can bite and kick.'

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