November Sika deer continue to engage in rutting behaviour, and will do so until December. Beech leaves are transformed into a magnificent mosaic of glorious reds and golds. Other deciduous trees, too, take on an autumnal cloak before their leaves fall. Dragonflies can occasionally be seen on the wing on bright days early in the month.
December Foxglove leaves survive the winter at ground level, and offer the prospect of colourful summer blooms to come. Redwings and fieldfares, autumn and winter visiting thrushes from afar, gorge on the last of the berry crops. Great grey shrikes and hen harriers hunt over the heaths and other open spaces. Honeysuckle by the end of the month often shows welcome signs of new growth.
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. Always take care, then, when driving.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
November 2014 Saturday 8th - Brockenhurst Village Hall: A Night at the Races (in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice). Friday 14th - Christmas Fair at Palace House, Beaulieu. Saturday 15th - Grandma's Attic Fair, Lyndhurst Community Centre. Thursday 27th - Christmas Lights switch-on, Lyndhurst High Street.
December 2014 Saturday 6th - Christmas Bazaar, Burley Village Hall. Friday 12th - Cinema (Maleficant, PG), Brockenhurst Village Hall. Saturday 13th - Christmas Fun Day, Lyndhurst (from 10.00 am and then on through the day). Wednesday 17th - Christmas Walking Safari - a gentle 2½ mile meander with the Forestry Commission. View the full 'What's on' programme.