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Hello from the New Forest in southern England

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Hello from the New Forest in southern England

Hi everyone - just to introduce myself - I live in a beautiful part of the UK, the New Forest, which is the UK's newest National Park - we are unique in that we have wild ponies loose to graze in the forest, also Highland cattle, donkeys and pigs, in addition to the wild deer and other wild animals! The ponies  etc belong to commoners, who are allowed to graze them all over the forest, and as there are no fences, you often see ponies walking down the main streets of the villages here. They are not tame though - they are rounded up once a year and some are sold, but otherwise they live on the Forest, and you really don't want to get in their way! The forest is parlty trees and partly wild moorland, and I am so lucky to live here - we also have the sea just a few minutes away too.

I was lucky enough to go to Sabi sands about 10 years ago - in fact I went several times to South Africa as my then husband was going to work there - we stayed at Londolozi, and also was one of the best times of my life. I have been drawn to Africa since a child, and watching the cams on this site has just made the longing to return even stronger!

I would love to take my new husband and show him this wonderful part of the world....meanwhile I shall enjoy watching the cams and perhps sharing sightings with you all!


Megan (forestpagan)


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Joined: Mar 14 2006

Welcome to Africam,  Megan!

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Joined: Nov 9 2008


Welcome to Africam.  Sounds like you live in a wonderful place!  I hope you enjoy your time here in Africa. Will enjoy chatting with you!


Enjoy the Journey!   Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away!       Hazel

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Joined: Oct 4 2006

Hello Megan and welcome to Africam


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Joined: Aug 15 2008

Hi Megan


Welcome to the site.  I moved from Southampton in 2000 after 32 years in the area.   I have many happy memories of trips out into the New Forest, camping, etc. It's a beautiful part of the country.  Those ponies sure can give you a nip!!  Enjoy watching the cameras and remember to visit the Watering Hole each day.


For blogs of safaris to Kruger and Nkorho please click on the relevant title:

Safari to Kruger and Nkorho October 2008

Safari to Kruger and Nkorho September 2011

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hey megan, im new as well. hope you have a good time!

LindaM (not verified)
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Hello Megan,

It's nice to have you here.   What a nice place you live in, too.  Let me congratulate you!  Congratulations!  Laughing  You'll enjoy it here.  Everyone is very pleasant.






Karen A (not verified)
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Welcome to Africam Megan.  Where you live sounds beautiful and how charming to have ponies wandering around.  I would enjoy that being a horse lover myself.  Please join us at either the waterhinghole or campfire thread to chat with the rest of us. Its great fun.

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Joined: Oct 16 2005

What a beautiful nick forestpagan. Some years ago I was at the New Forest with a group of ppl I met on africam and we all studied at wildlifecampus. We stayed at Bournemouth and also visited Brownsea Island. On one of the outings we went to New Forest. Those ponies are so pretty, it's great to go for a walk there.

I'd love to go back.

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Joined: Jan 15 2008

Hi and welcome to the forum.  I hope you will join us in the daily created chat threads where we talk about what we are seeing and hearing at the waterholes.


Have you seen the new member guided tour page yet? See it here Want to keep up with what's happening in the forum? Check the recent posts page. Become Africam Wise see the Africam Wiki

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Joined: Jul 9 2008

Hello Megan (forestpagan) and Welcome!

I am originally from England, came to Alberta in 1973 with hubby and 3 small kids, but remember the New Forest well.  Not having a lot of money after the war, (we had a little old jalopy) and mum and dad used to take us there for a trip out sometimes - lovely place - do they still have the Red Deer there?

Have you read any of the books by Edward Rutherford?  They are a little heavy and different, but if you can get into them they are good - two of them are 'London' and 'The Forest' (takes place in the New Forest)

Glad you have joined us - they are a great bunch of people on the sites here - have the most fun on the Waterhole Chat site, but we also learn a lot from each other!Laughing

Have fun - Chris.



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