References in classic literature ?
And so indeed he was--so near that I had very nearly walked over him without seeing him; which would have been dreadful, always supposing that Fairies can be walked over my own belief is that they are something of the nature of Will-o'-the-wisps: and there's no walking over them.
Even supposing a present-day forester does know the woods as intimately as his predecessor, it's not of much use.