March Lesser celandine blooms illuminate 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 increasingly seen on bright, sunny days.
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 that will soon be seen in the New Forest.
Bluebells blossom, sometimes in good numbers in ungrazed woodlands. Badger cubs 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.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
March 2015 Saturday 7th March - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Jazz in the Village with Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer, 7.15pm - 10.45pm. Sunday 15th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Saturday 21st - Exbury Gardens, Lachenalia Display and Glasshouse Tour, 10.00am - 12noon.
April 2015 Saturday 4th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Ethical Film Club, 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Monday 13th - Burley Village Hall, Film Night, 7.30pm. Thursday 16th - Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu, Bouncing Bunnies - family event, 10.00am - 12.00noon. Saturday 18th - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Photography workshop, 10.00am - 4.00pm. View the full 'What's on' programme.