At the Verderers court yesterday a statement was read out by the court with a plea for people NOT to put out buckets of water out for forest animals – specifically in this area.
There is still plenty of water on the Forest at places like Blissford and Moyles Court, and in the mires, and the forest animals are well able to find it.
The main issue raised by the official Verderer was concern that the lead pony or cow drank all the water provided by residents, and then did not take the rest of the herd to water.
Also they were concerned that putting out water brings the livestock on to the road and puts them in danger from traffic. Although they may be well intentioned, residents who put out water for livestock are actually making the situation worse.