New Forest "Defence Association" mine a new seam of idiocy
I know that they do not like cyclists, but they are now having a go at few runners on winter evenings with lights on. They are doing an event from 1700-1830 and they want to stop the “abuse” of the Forest. I think I may just sign up to annoy them 🙂
If they are genuinely worried about disturbing animals (the usual and I see current excuse for being unwelcoming to another user group) then maybe they would like to slow down or in fact ban those in motor cars with their horrible headlights from entering the New Forest at night.
I used to travel through the New Forest late at night in the car a lot. The animals are regularly on the road and never really seemed to give a fig about headlights attached to a tonne of car (having had to negotiate more than a few dawdling cattle/horses in the small hours) so why are they going to care about runners? My experience of night riding in other locations is that other than the odd bird not a lot gets spooked.
There’s always a risk of animals darting into the road there at night. People should drive accordingly it’s a tangible risk on many of the roads within the cattle grid managed areas.Posted 3 years ago
Won’t somebody think of the ponies?Posted 3 years ago
I used to ride in the forest at night back in the 90s, when I recall it being acutely noticeable that none of the animals gave the slightest monkeys about lights waving at them. And, as above, they’re fantastically relaxed about scores of lights bearing down on them at 40mph every night. So I’m sceptical about alarmist warnings to the opposite effect, not least when they come from someone who advocates strapping things onto the same animals and sitting on them.
Turns out I used to go to school with Dr “Don’t Illuminate Them, Sit On Them” Hockley. Small world, eh 🙂Posted 3 years ago
Then I blame you for bullying him/her insufficiently, Bez
(or excessively, obvz)Posted 3 years ago
If anything I imagine Dr Tony Hockley’s ridiculous comments will only serve to undermine the credibility of the Commoners Defence Association with the public and other organisations. I suspect that many in the Forestry Commission and the New Forest District Council welcome the CDA making such patently over the top statements for publication in the media, because it shows everyone what a blinkered, narrow minded and selfish special interest group they are.
In particular, my experience of riding in the Forest in daylight and hours of darkness is that this statement is completely untrue:
The risk of animals being spooked is higher at night
The ponies are most likely to be spooked if they are ‘surprised’, i.e. they’ve got their heads down grazing by the roadside and only notice a cyclist, runner etc. when they draw level with the horse. At night, cycle lights and runners’ head torches mean that the horses are aware of their presence from a distance and so are not spooked by them when they get closer.
they could run across a road or accidentally run into barbed wire.
This is an even more ridiculous statement. Logically the event would use the gravel tracks in the Forest, which are generally well segregated from the roads by fences and gates. The Forestry Commission fences are not barbed wire (I suspect the only barbed wire in the Forest is around private farmland, which the event is unlikely to go anywhere near).
For an academic, Dr Tony Hockley seems remarkably incapable of sensible reasoned critical thinking. The more silly statements like this he and the CDA put out, the more people will cease to pay them any regard.Posted 3 years ago
I go out riding in the Forest at night. The horses/cows/donkeys/deer just don’t move as I come down the trail.
The NF ‘Defence Association’ is probably Dr Hockley and his wife sitting in their triple glazed house of an evening and not venturing out to see what really goes on after dark because of all the hoodies lurking behind every clump of gorse or tree stump.Posted 3 years ago
Commoners Defence Association
Sounds like like A UKIP backed nationalist terror organisation to me.Posted 3 years ago
ommoners Defence Association
Sounds like like A UKIP backed nationalist terror organisation to me.
Sounds like a bunch of bellends to me.Posted 3 years ago
Ooh, I’m inPosted 3 years ago
the run, or the bellend defence association ?Posted 3 years ago
Oh the latter shewerly.Posted 3 years ago
Commoners Defence Association meeting, earlier..Posted 3 years ago
Dr Tony Hockley
What is he actually a doctor of? If it’s nothing to do with ecology I can’t see why we use the title, seems irrelevant.Posted 3 years ago
What is he actually a doctor of?
Public policy analyst, specialising in strategic change. Strong experience of public policy processes in London, Washington and Brussels. Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Social Policy, LSE
What is he actually a doctor of? If it’s nothing to do with ecology I can’t see why we use the title, seems irreleva
Because he earned it.Posted 3 years ago
Because he earned it.
It’s a not so subtle attempt at argument from authority. Of which, for this subject, he has none.Posted 3 years ago
It’s a not so subtle attempt at argument from authority. Of which, for this subject, he has none
It’s a salutation. I’m Dr Thomson wither Im taking about the model free dynamic analysis of proteins or picking customers shopping up at work.Posted 3 years ago
It’s a salutation.
Precisely. So you’d use it as often as I use Mr.Posted 3 years ago
But it’s also a title. Like sir or reverend etc. It’s polite to use it. But yes I do see your pointPosted 3 years ago
But it’s also a title. Like sir or reverend etc. It’s polite to use it. But yes I do see your point
It can be handy. My brother in law never uses it, except for the time he was being patronised in the job centre.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve got a PhD and can talk complete crap too, nice one Tony.
“Animals” includes quite a broad spectrum of things. What’s he on about?
I do quite a lot of ornithology related jobs and it is true that at estuaries, people in vehicles and plant are less likely to disturb birds compared to a man walking the same path. Birds recognise the shape of people as a threat. But the New Forest, in winter, for an hour and a half, is quite likely a bit different.
I’d be intrigued to see what his evidence is.Posted 3 years ago
“It’s a dangerous precedent which would be set for cycle events or orienteering at night – a tranquil time for the forest,” he said.
Tranquil my arse! Night time is when half the occupants of the forest will be out foraging, hunting and generally going about their business.
Nobody ever worries about disturbing the owls and badgers during the day do they…Posted 3 years ago
Without wanting to provide them with further ammunition, I am ashamed to say I once scared a mouse near Netley Marsh.Posted 3 years ago
Open season on recreation at the moment. Not on the 8nternet yet but check out the September/ October v’s court minutes when they get posted up. Lots of presentments bemoaning recreation. One even from a guy who has opened up his home in the middle of the woods as a pop up cafe, complete with signs attached to the cycle post waymarkers, next to the cycle network moaning about cyclists) Nobody seems to put two and two together.Posted 3 years ago
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