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Drivers warned to watch out for New Forest ponies

New Forest ponies eating by the side of the road Photo:

A new campaign is underway to encourage drivers in the New Forest to slow down to protect the area's ponies during the winter. The animals are tempted onto the roads when salt is spread to combat the impact of frosty weather conditions.

The 'Add Three Minutes' campaign is an initiative championed by the National Park Authority together with Shared Forest, Hampshire County Council and New Forest District Council.

Sally Simmonds explains in the video below:

"People are three times more likely to kill or injure an animal after the clocks go back than before. Animal owners and organisations are appealing to commuters to add three minutes to their journeys and drive slowly for New Forest animals."

– Spokesperson for the National Park Authority