Conservationists accuse cyclists of damaging New Forest through 'illegal activities'

A six-week survey recorded 550 instances of cyclists riding off-track

New Forest conservationists
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The New Forest Association (NFA), conservationists for the south England national park, has accused cyclists of adversely affecting the area through "damaging and illegal activities."

Sharing data from a survey conducted by Friends of the New Forest (FoNF), the NFA revealed volunteers recorded 550 instances of cyclists riding off designated tracks in the national park during a six-week period in autumn 2021.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.