March Lesser celandine blooms illuminate the woodlands and heathland edges. Fallow deer remain in single sex herds, the bucks at this time always separate from the does.
Curlews return from the coast to breed in and around the New Forest's wetter areas. Red admiral butterflies are often increasingly seen.
April Redstarts are amongst the many returning long distant migrant birds that arrive in April. Large red damselflies take to the wing, the first of many such species soon to be seen in the Forest.
Bluebells blossom, sometimes in good numbers in ungrazed woodlands. Badger cubs often first appear above ground towards the end of the month.
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
March 2014 Friday 7th - Lyndhurst Health Walk: take a gentle stroll with a friendly group of like-minded people. Friday 14th - Brockenhurst Cinema: Philomena. Award-winning comedy drama with Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Sunday 16th - Exbury 10k: starts and finishes in Exbury Gardens. Saturday 29th - Community Choir Concert, Lyndhurst.
April 2014 Saturday 5th - Craft Fayre, Burley Village Hall. Thursday 10th - Spring Open Day, Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu. Thursday 17th - Brockenhurst Cinema: a Mary Poppins double bill. Sunday 27th - Bird Watching walk at Needs Ore Point with the Countryside Education Trust. View the full 'What's on' programme.