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Animal spotting in Bramshaw, The New Forest

The new forest has long been renowned for it’s horses, with references back to King Canute’s Forest Law in 1016, on any day a drive through the forest (particularly on the southern side around villages like Burley) you’ll find many grazing horses as you travel down the many roads that criss cross throughout the forest.

However for some sublime new forest animal spotting Bramshaw – a hamlet along the B3079, towards salisbury has both some great walks and wildlife to match.

According to Bramshaw parish council the Bramshaw heaths “contain some of best surviving example of lowland heath in Europe”, with common grazing of ponies,pigs, donkeys, cattle and sheep still common. Certainly the drive along the B3079 can bring you into contact with any number of donkeys and ponies – carefull searching around the open walking paths around Bramshaw and you’ll come accross some of the pigs which are native to some of the local farms, foraging below some of the many trees.

Piglets in Bramshaw in the New Forest

For those more interested in the birdlife, the heaths are home to a variety of species including wood larks, nightjars and Dartford warblers as well as dragonflies.

For walkers there are nine active footpaths within the Bramshaw parish, which include many of the surrounding hamlets and villages – luckily there are a good few country pubs in the vacinity (The Bell in Bramshaw for example) which offer a warm welcome should the weather become inclement.

Donkey, The new forest

For further information on the area – visit Bramshaw local government website

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