New Forest Roads and Animal Accidents
The most important reason that the New Forest remains largely unfenced is that it could only survive in its’ present state, with grasses and shrubbery grazed, if all the Commoner’s animals, ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs have the ability to wonder where they please, keeping the vegetation in balance.
There is also the issue of deer.
Fencing would also restrict the ability of all sorts of other animals, including foxes, hedgehogs and badgers to move around the forest, breeding and finding suitable habitats for there food and shelter needs.
It must also be the case that fencing would destroy the visitor experience of our much loved National Park. It is a joy to motorists and cyclists to see the New Forest as you travel along it, whether passing through or on a leisure drive.
Another reason why fencing isn’t the answer is the cost.
Driver education will yield the best results.