So I had been having a chat with @PingSpike about the flying rules within the New Forest National Park perambulation boundary and decided to email the Forestry Commission on the possibility of flying.
Now the New Forest is literally on my doorstep so I was familiar with their stance on drone flying but wanted to get clarification as such. In my email to them I chose a very specific location that I knew was extremely quite with very few visitors and wild ponies etc.
So just a heads up if you’re thinking of flying within the New Forest and you’re not flying from private land with the owners permission…
Below is the reply and the bold text are my comments…
Thank you for your enquiry for permission to fly a drone in the New Forest.
Please be advised the Forestry Commission Byelaws prohibits the use of any kind of model aircraft or drones over the New Forest Crownland.
(Well yes and no) You can fly from private land within the Forest with the landowners permission. Also there is a model flying club at Beaulieu Heath Airfield however drones are not allowed.
The Byelaws are in place to enable Forestry England, as the responsible land manager, to protect the internationally important SSSI, wildlife and ecology of the New Forest. Permission for the use of drones may only be granted in specific circumstances such as scientific research, documentary filming or operational procedures. Hobbyist drone flying cannot be permitted.
Also under our Habitats Regulations, we are unable to permit any use of drones over the Crownland during the Ground Nesting Bird season which is from 1st February until 31st August. During other months, permission can be considered for operational, scientific, and documentary filming and will need to be approved by our Wildlife Manager. Permits for these purposes will also need to adhere to the Civil Aviation Authority’s drone code and should have a formal licence from the CAA and appropriate insurance.
For further information regarding our drone flying policy, please refer to our website page:
Drone flying in the New Forest Like many other organisations we believe that recreational use of drones at our sites is incompatible with the vast majority of our visitorsꞌ expectations for peaceful and quiet enjoyment of the forest…
We hope this clarifies the use of drones in the New Forest and we thank you once again for contacting Forestry England.
Southern Permissions, Lyndhurst