A selection of pictures taken in various parts of the Forest, there is quite a variety of habitats for different animals and birds. The diverse landscapes include woodland and heathland. Additionally there are also various coastal landscapes where the land meets the Sea as the Solent and Christchurch Bay part of the English channel is located on the Southern boundary.
One of the highest points in the New Forest is Telegraph Hill at a height of 419 feet (128 metres) above sea level, also called Bramshaw Telegraph. It is located next to the B3078 road between Fordingbridge and the M27 at Cadnam, 5 kilometres (3 miles) north west of Brook. Grid Ref: SU227167.
In the 19th century Telegraph Hill was the site of an optical shutter signal station, part of a series of stations devised by Lord George Murray that linked Plymouth with the Admiralty in London.
The stations operated from 1806, and were used during the Napoleonic Wars, with messages taking about 20 minutes to get from Plymouth to London. The stations were built of wood and today none survive, the site of the Bramshaw Telegraph is thought to have been located near Hope Cottage.
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