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Photographer wins a first

The first equestrian photographer to achieve a 'fellowship' - the highest accolade in photography - is Emily Hancock from the New Forest.

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Overly worried adults make 'children fear nature'

Chris Packham says parents shouldn't fear their children being slimed by snails Credit: Press Association Images

Wildlife presenter and New Forest resident Chris Packham has spoken out against parents who stop their children interacting with nature, saying 'they have got to be stung, slimed,slithered on and scratched'.

The Springwatch host said allowing youngsters to get up close with wildlife should be an essential part of growing up but they are made to feel fear by adults who stop them climbing trees or insist on them using anti-bacterial gel after touching animals.

Springwatch presenter Chris Packham Credit: Press Association Images

Speaking to the Times newspaper, he said: 'This whole process is alien to children because they want to pick it up and touch it. The feel of worms, the feel of a caterpillar inching uptheir finger, the marvel of a ladybird gyrating round that finger; that's the stuff of magic.

'What are you going to do? Wash their hands with gel? Clearly we can't blame kids. They are born with the same innate curiosity that all of us were, but parents have pulled back from allowing their kids to engage with it.'

Motorist on trial after ambulance crash killed two

A motorist has gone on trial today, accused of causing the deaths of a paramedic and her patient by careless driving.

Gillian Randall was driving the ambulance with 88-year-old Francis Ironside being treated in the back, when the vehicle hit a tree.

The ambulance crashed into a tree on the A337, Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst Raad Credit: ITV Meridian

It happened on the A337, Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst Road in the New Forest last year.

Richard Husband, who is 26-years-old, denies the charges.

Gillian Randall was killed when the ambulance she was driving hit a tree Credit: Central Ambulance Service


Warning after horse is rescued from bog

The horse got stuck in boggy ground in the New Forest Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Horse riders in Hampshire are being urged to stick to bridle paths after a horse got stuck in a bog and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Earlier this week a horse got stuck in boggy ground near Ibsley after the horse and its rider left a nearby bridle path.

Rescuers pull the horse to safety Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

The 12 year old 16 hand dressage horse lost its footing on the uneven terrain and sunk its legs into the bog.

Animal Rescue Specialist Jim Green, Officer in Charge of the incident said: ""Riders may feel that due to the recent good weather that going across forests and fields will be safe.

"However, given the rainfall experienced earlier this year, many areas are still heavily waterlogged and may be hazardous to horses and their owners."

Woman in critical condition after New Forest crash

A woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a serious crash in the New Forest.

The collision happened at 11.03am this morning on the B3054 between Beaulieu and Lymington.

The man and woman travelling in the other car are also being treated in hospital.

A black Renault Scenic was being driven by a woman in her sixties and was in a collision with a silver Honda Civic travelling in the opposite direction.

The Renault driver has been taken to Southampton General Hospital with life threatening injuries and her condition has been described as critical.

New Forest race sabotaged by tacks

A New Forest cycle race was disrupted after tacks were placed along the race course to puncture tyres.

Cyclists who took part in the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive race suffered punctures at the event on Saturday.

Hampshire Police conducted house-to-house inquiries in the village of Bransgore after 15 cyclists suffered punctures.

This is the second time the race has been targeted and it came after posters were put up locally warning of the 'abuse of our tranquil locality' caused by the 2000 competitors.

It was surprising and disappointing to see a handful of anti-cycling campaigners trying to disrupt the event again this year by throwing tacks on to the road on several occasions. Our support teams, however, cleared these away before they could harm the riders, local drivers and New Forest animals."

– Martin Barden, from race organiser UK Cycling Events

"Lights between the Trees" captures tranquil New Forest

Danielle won the Seasonal Snaps photo competition with this picture of the New Forest called 'Lights between the trees' Credit: Danielle Painting

Nearly 100 people submitted their pictures of the New Forest to hopefully win the Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

But only one could win and the prize went to Danielle Painting from Bournemouth.

Her picture, named "Lights between the trees" captures the forest in the autumn.

Danielle said, "I am delighted to have won. I can not wait for the next Seasonal Snaps this summer to inspire even more great pictures of the National Park."


Number of cannabis plants discovered at industrial unit

Hampshire Police have uncovered a suspected cannabis factory in the New Forest.

Two men, aged 25 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and are currently in police custody.

The discovery was made at unit on Millstream Industrial Estate on Christchurch Road in New Milton.

A large number of cannabis plants that covered two floors of the unit were found.

Acting Inspector Simon Flint said, "This appears to have been a large scale operation based on the number of plants at the premises."

Second World War defence plans go on show

Detailed plans of how a Hampshire village would have been defended during the Second World War have been made available to the public for the first time.

They were drawn up by a Home Guard commander in Beaulieu - shedding light on how serious the threat of German invasion was taken and how different real life was - from the one depicted in the old TV hit Dad's Army. Richard Jones reports.

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Flooded field turns into co-called 'waterbed'

Flooding has turned a section of ground in the New Forest - into a sort of water bed.

This footage filmed by some local walkers shows the land undulating under foot - well we wanted to find out what was going on - and if this 'quaking bog' - is anything to worry about.

Earlier, ITV Meridian's Phil Hornby caught up with Bryan Wilson from the New Forest National Authority to find out more.

Waterlogged field wobbles and bubbles underfoot

A strange side effect of the recent flooding has caused the ground in a Hampshire field to ripple underfoot.

Ben Havers filmed his friends and their dog bouncing on the waterlogged earth at Canada Common in the New Forest.

“We just happened upon it - there were several similar patches to this one," said Mr Havers. "This was the first one we came across. It was about 10ft sq in area.”

Later in the video the couple pierce the field's surface with a stick, causing wet mud to bubble out of the hole.

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