To report Road Traffic Accidents involving Forest stock (ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys) - ring the Police on 999.
Have you been involved in an accident, or are you a witness? Please read this important information.
If you find a sick, injured or dead pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep (other than one involved in a RTA), call 02380 282052 during normal office hours, or 02380 283141 at other times. For sick or injured deer, ring the Forestry Commission on 02380 283141. Do not use email or the contact form on this website to try and contact the Verderers in an emergency.
HIT & RUN accidents
There is a reward of £1000 for information leading to the successful prosecution of drivers convicted of a HIT & RUN accidents involving a Forest animal.
Hit and Run traffic accident between Ipers Bridge and Hill Top
On Tuesday 4th March 2014, at approximately 8.30 p.m., Agister Mike Lovell was called to a Hit-and-Run incident involving a cow on the road between Ipers Bridge and Hill Top. The cow, which was heavily in calf was hit with such force that her belly was torn open. Debris found at the scene indicates a dark grey BMW collided with the animal. We believe it was travelling from Ipers Bridge towards Hill Top. The driver has so far failed to report the accident.
If anyone has any information that might identify the driver involved in this incident, or notices a dark grey BMW with damage consistent with striking an animal, we would be very pleased to hear from you. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. A £500 reward is being offered by the owner of the cow for information which leads to the successful conviction of the driver involved in this incident. This is in addition to the reward of up to £1,000 offered under the Verderers’ reward scheme
Anyone with any information which might help to identify the vehicle involved in this accident is requested to contact Sue Westwood, the Clerk to the Verderers on 023 8028 2052, or email email@example.com.
Hit and Run traffic accident, Longcross, B3078
On Sunday, 16th February 2014, at approximately 6.45 p.m., Agister Andrew Napthine attended a Hit-and-Run incident involving a donkey at Longcross on the B3078, near Bramble Hill Car Park. The donkey, which was in foal, was struck and killed by a Land Rover Defender 90 or 110. The make and model of vehicle has been identified from debris found at the scene.
There were no visible skid marks, but the blood, entrails and foetus found on the road indicates that the donkey was hit extremely hard and carried for approximately 46 metres from the point of impact, to where she came to rest. It is to be hoped the animal was killed instantly. The donkey belonged to a 14 year old boy who is understandably upset that someone has killed his donkey and has failed to report the accident.
If anyone has any information that might identify the driver involved in this incident, or notices a Land Rover Defender with frontal damage consistent with striking an animal, we would be very pleased to hear from you. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
A reward of up to £1,000 is payable for information which leads to the successful conviction of the driver involved in this incident. Anyone with any information is requested to contact the Police on 101 quoting Incident Number 1193, or Sue Westwood, the Clerk to the Verderers on 023 8028 2052, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Forest is a royal former hunting area in Hampshire, and was constituted by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.
It is a nationally important environment of woodland pasture, heath, bog and the remains of 17th, 18th & 19th century coppices and timber plantations. It retains many of the agricultural practices conceded by the Crown in historical times to local people. Principal of these is the depasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the Open Forest by authorised local inhabitants known as Commoners.
The New Forest is an outstanding recreational area for walking and horse riding.
The Crown still owns most of the land within the Forest. William imposed legal powers to arrest settlement by the local inhabitants and these limitations remain in modified form to this day. The rights of Commoners must be taken into account, together with preservation and enhancement of the flora and fauna.
The role of the Verderers of the New Forest is to:
The Verderers derive their offices, powers and responsibilities from an Act of Parliament in 1877 (and subsequent Acts - a link to the Acts is available on the Links page).
The Court comprises the Official Verderer (Chairman), five elected Verderers representing the Commoners and four appointed Verderers: one each appointed by the Forestry Commission, DEFRA, the National Park Authority and Natural England. The post of Official Verderer is a statutory appointment made by Her Majesty the Queen.
We work in conjunction with the Forestry Commission (which manages the Forest on behalf of the Crown), Natural England, and with owners of other areas of common land within the Forest, such as the National Trust.
This website is principally focussed at the requirements of Commoners, other Forest professionals and local inhabitants.
We welcome other visitors to the site and offer Education and FAQ pages. These provide a foundation for appreciating the Forest's splendour and the management of this unique farming environment. They also promote responsible attitudes from visitors and local inhabitants in their activities within this special place.
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Clerk to the Verderers
The Clerk manages the Verderers' Office and is the initial contact for all enquiries. Please use the Contact Form on the Contact web-page.
Avoiding Aninal Accidents
The multi-agency Animal Accident Reduction Group meets twice a year to review recent accident records and consider what more can be done to reduce accidents.