May Bluebells and other wild flowers brighten the woods, usually in relatively small numbers. Bird song can be heard throughout the day but is at its loudest at dawn and, to a lesser extent, dusk. Foalsare born in increasing numbers and can be seen beside ever-attentive mares. Dragonflies are more frequently observed on the wing as spring progresses.
June Badgerscan now often be watched above ground well before darkness falls. Deer- fallow, red, roe and sika deer are all present - give birth, although the youngsters are unlikely to be noticed until July. Heath spotted-orchids add delicate pink colour to many of the heaths. Hobbies, dashing birds of prey, can often be seen aloft, hawking for insects.
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
May 2015 Wednesday 6th - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst; Deer of the British Isles; Stan Kemish - evening talk, pre-booking required. Monday 11th - Burley Village Hall, film night, 7.30pm. Saturday 16th - Fanfare for Spring: Ringwood International Festival of Street Performance Art, 11.00am - late afternoon. Saturday 23rd - Exbury Gardens, Azalea Amble, 2 hour tour commences at 10.00am, pre-booking essential.
June 2015 Wednesday 3rd - Beaulieu Road, A Walk with Four-legged Architects, Forestry Commission led, 10.00am - 2.30pm, booking required. Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th - Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu; Little Owls - parents and toddlers club. Friday 12th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, Testament of Youth, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. View the full 'What's on' programme.