November Sika deer continue to engage in rutting behaviour, and will do so until December. Pigs seek out the remains of the acorn crop. 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 visitors, gorge on haws and holly berries. 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, but in 2015, 55 were killed on the roads.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
November 2016 Monday, 31st October - Sunday, 13th November - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Special Exhibition: Our Past, Our Future, 10.00am - 3.30pm. Friday, 11th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Love and Friendship (U), 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Sunday, 27th - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
December 2016 Saturday, 3rd - Burley Village Hall, Christmas Bazaar, 2.00pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th; 17th and 18th - Exbury Gardens, Christmas Postal Express, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Thursday, 15th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Gingerbread Man, 4.00pm - 5.00pm. Booking required - via the Village Hall website or at the Village Hall (Monday-Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm). View the full 'What's on' programme.