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Remember, remember to look out for animals in the New Forest this November

Remember, remember to look out for animals in the New Forest this November

PUBLISHED ON: 4 NOVEMBER 2022

Remember, remember to look out for animals in the New Forest this November

The New Forest National Park Authority is pleading for residents to be mindful of domestic and free-roaming animals when celebrating Bonfire Night.

New Forest commoners’ animals can easily be frightened by loud bangs and bright lights on Bonfire Night. Spooked animals can then cause injury to themselves and others by running across roads or into fencing.

Residents living close to the open Forest and commoners’ holdings should be mindful of letting off fireworks in their own gardens and please attend an organised event instead.

Steve Avery, Executive Director of the New Forest National Park Authority said: ‘Motorists should also take extra care when driving and be aware of potentially startled livestock in the road. Remember to pass wide and slow and be prepared to stop.’

People are also asked to be considerate of horse and pet owners – if you’re planning a display, please check with neighbouring landowners so they can ensure their animals are safe.

If you’re planning a bonfire, do not assemble it until the day you plan to light it and check for wildlife that may have gone inside before setting it alight.

Please also be aware of the environmental impacts of these celebrations. For example, sky or Chinese lanterns can drift long distances in the wind, don’t break down easily and prove fatal to animals that try to eat them, as well as creating a fire risk.

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