This included over 1000 reports of litter and dog mess, 550 reports of cyclists away from designated tracks, over 600 cases of car related breaches, over 200 cases of livestock related issues and multiple reports of drone flying, wild camping, open fires/BBQs, and fly-tipping.
Gale Pettifer, Vice Chairman of the New Forest Association, expressed that the public are not educated on the rules. “We want people to come to the forest because it’s such a special place for wildlife. We don’t want people coming to the forest because it’s the only place they can come if they want to kick a ball, fly a kite or have a picnic or any other activities that aren’t conducive to wildlife and natural landscapes.”
The New Forest Park Authority (NPA) insist that the activities taking place are a minority in relation to the number of visitors they welcome. Steve Avery, their Executive Director said: “Most people behave responsibly but we recognise that there are a minority who through their thoughtless actions can harm the local landscape and wildlife.”