November Sika deer continue to engage in rutting behaviour, and will do so until December. 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 and an important element of the local economy. But in 2012, for example, 65 were killed and 18 injured on the roads.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
November 2015 Sunday, 1st - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, all day. Tuesday, 10th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - X+Y (12A), 7.30pm - 10.15pm. Wednesday, 18th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Illustrated talk by Tim Craven, Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery. Saturday, 28th - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Make your own Christmas Wreath. Booking required - 023 8028 3444.
December 2015 Saturday, 5th and Sunday, 6th - Lyndhurst, Christmas Fun Day this year is a Fun Weekend. Sunday, 6th - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, all day. Saturday, 12th - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Maps for Local History, 10.00am - 12.30pm. Booking required - 023 8028 3444. View the full 'What's on' programme.