January Honeysuckle, an early harbinger of spring, shows signs of new growth. Bird sounds - great tit calls and mistle thrush song, for example - are increasingly heard as the days lengthen and spring rapidly approaches. Foxes breed during the early months of the year. Their presence is betrayed by barks after darkness falls.
February Great grey shrikes hunt over heathland from tree-top vantage points and other perches. Grey squirrels are often best seen in winter when deciduous trees are devoid of leaves. Red Admirals and other butterflies that over-winter as adults may be on the wing on warm, bright days.
Roe deer antlers continue to develop - they are cast and re-grown annually.
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
January 2017 Daily until Monday, 9th - New Forest Centre, Special Exhibition: Colin Merrin and Nicky Exell. Thursday, 5th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Saturday, 7th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Friday, 13th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night - I, Daniel Blake, 7.30pm - 10.30pm.
February 2017 Friday, 3rd - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night - Anthropoid, 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Sunday, 12th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Tuesday, 21st - New Forest Centre (Lyndhurst), February Half term Discovery Day, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Friday, 24th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Bridget Jones' Baby, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. View the full 'What's on' programme.