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, but in 2015, 55 were killed on the roads.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
March 2017 All of March and up to Sunday, 2nd April - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Special Exhibition: Creative Forest, 10.00am - 3.30pm. Monday, 6th - Burley Village Hall, Film Night, 7.30pm. Wednesday, 15th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome (entry £4.00). Friday, 24th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night - A Street Cat Named Bob, 7.30pm - 10.30pm.
April 2017 Monday, 3rd - Burley Village Hall, Film Night, 7.30pm. Saturday, 8th April to Sunday, 11th June - Exbury Gardens, Four Seasons Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Tuesday, 11th - Bolderwood Eggtravaganza, Forestry Commission event, 11.00am - 3.00pm. Sunday, 23rd - Exbury Gardens, Devoted to Dogs Day, 10.00am - 5.00pm. View the full 'What's on' programme.