August Heatherblossom produces huge swathes of heathland colour, adding to the pinks and purples of earlier flowering cross-leaved heath and bell heather. Fallow, red and sika deer antlers, when fully grown, are cleaned of velvet in preparation for the autumn rut. New Forest pony drifts - the annual round-ups begin.
New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene and an important element of the local economy. But 65 were killed and 18 injured on the roads in 2012.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
July 2015 Sunday, 5th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Junique Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Friday, 10th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 7.30pm - 10.15pm. Saturday, 25th - Exbury Gardens, Saunter in the Sunshine Tour and Tea. This 1 1/2 hour tour commences at 2.00pm at the visitor entrance. Pre-booking essential. Friday, 31st - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, all day event.
August 2015 Tuesday, 18th - New Forest Centre, Family Discovery Day, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Saturday, 22nd - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Block Party, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Saturday, 29th - Exbury Gardens, Heavenly Hydrangea Walk and Tea, 1 1/2 hour tour commencing at 2.00pm. Pre-booking essential. View the full 'What's on' programme.