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. 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 convenient 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 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
January 2015 Saturday 10th January to Sunday 29th March - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Arthur Phillip - unsung local hero. Friday 16th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Cinema - Before I go to Sleep (15). Sunday 18th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Flea Market. Sunday 25th, Tuesday 27th - Saturday 31st - Burley Village Hall, Burley Players annual Pantomime.
February 2015 Sunday 1st - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Junique Fair. Saturday 7th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Ethical Film Club: Cowspiracy. Sunday 15th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Little Pickles Market. Tuesday 17th February and Thursday 19th February - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst. Family Discovery Days. View the full 'What's on' programme.