May Bluebells and other wild flowers brighten the woods, usually in relatively small numbers. Bird song can be heard throughout the day but is at its loudest at dawn and, to a lesser extent, dusk. Foalsare born in increasing numbers and can be seen beside ever-attentive mares. Dragonflies are more frequently observed on the wing as spring progresses.
June Badgerscan now often be watched above ground well before darkness falls. Deer- fallow, red, roe and sika deer are all present - give birth, although the youngsters are unlikely to be noticed until July. Heath spotted-orchids add delicate pink colour to many of the heaths. Hobbies, dashing birds of prey, can often be seen aloft, hawking for insects.
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
May 2016 Friday, 6th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Burlesque Varietease, 8.00pm - 10.00pm. Saturday 7th May to Sunday 10th July - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Special exhibition: Curiouser and Curiouser, 10.00am - 4.30pm. Saturday, 14th - Exbury Gardens, RHS New Forest Breakfast Walk. Booking essential - 02380 891203. Sunday, 22nd - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
June 2016 Wednesday, 1st - Walk through Time with a Forestry Commission volunteer ranger, 10.00am - 1.00pm, advance booking essential. Tuesday, 14th - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Walk and Talk: St Michael and All Angels Church, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Advance booking essential. Saturday, 25th - Exbury Gardens, Devoted to Dogs Day. View the full 'What's on' programme.