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. Marsh gentian blooms add splashes of blue to some of the wetter heathlands.
New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but in 2015, 55 were killed on the roads.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
July 2016 Friday 15th - Exbury Gardens, Summer Steam Soiree, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. For more information and to book, ring 023 8089 1203. Saturday, 23rd - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Ethical Film Club, Gasland Part II with Audience Discussion, 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Sunday, 31st - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
August 2016 Tuesday, 2nd August and Tuesday, 16th August - Testwood Lakes, Forest School for the Under-5s, taster sessions. For details, call 023 8066 7929. Sunday, 14th - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm. Saturday, 27th - Exbury Gardens, Hydrangea and Herbaceous Walk, 2.00pm - 3.30pm. For more information and to book, ring 023 8089 1203. View the full 'What's on' programme.