September Dragonflies and damselflies remain on the wing and so do butterflies, but in ever decreasing numbers. Hen harriers and other autumn and winter visiting birds begin to arrive in the Forest. Mysterious New Forest fungi - mushrooms and toadstools - increasingly appear in the woods. Red deer start to noisily rut as stags roar their inimitable songs of love across favoured heaths.
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
September 2014 Friday 12th - Brockenhurst Village Hall cinema: The Grand Budapest Hotel. Saturday 13th - Heritage Open Day. The Queens House gardens and the Verderers Court will be open to the public. Sunday 14th - Charity bike ride, starting at Brockenhurst Sixth Form College. Saturday 27th - Workshop: Top 10 Herbs for the Medicine Cupboard, New Forest Centre.
October 2014 Sunday 5th - Antiques Fayre, Burley Village Hall. Saturday 18th - Sunday 2nd November - New Forest Walking Festival (various locations). Tuesday 21st - Fungi in the Forest with TV's John Wright. Explore the Forest's fungi. Advanced booking essential. Saturday 25th - Nature's Way children's event. View the full 'What's on' programme.