This paper was presented at the New Forest Knowledge Conference 2018 entitled: The Role of Commoning in the Maintenance of Landscape and Ecology: A New Forest, National and Global Perspective.
Clive Chatters, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
The commoning economy of the New Forest derives from medieval pastoralism whilst being an integral part of the modern world. The persistence of numerous livestock enterprises that are reliant on exercising of common rights supports one of the richest suites of habitats in the lowlands of north-west Europe. In this introduction to the Forest I will explore the ecological consequences of commoning and will celebrate some of the species which make it special.