HELLO SPRING

Signs of Spring in the New Forest

March, 2018

Even with the snow spreading across the UK this week, we can’t help but look forward to the spring season, and as we get further into March we will start to see all the signs of spring we know and love – A beautiful wash of colour covers the New Forest with a sea of bluebells carpeting the woodland floor, whilst daffodils and crocuses make a wild spread across the National Park. Following on throughout April and May, the trees get greener and fuller and primroses, magnolias and camellias begin to flower.

One of the first signs you’ll see here in the New Forest is the burst of colour spreading from the beautiful wild flowers that take home in the woodlands and across the heathlands. Make sure you keep an eye out for wood anemones, early flowering orchids, lesser celandines, bluebells and primroses – You may be able to smell them too!

Bluebells are our favourite to look out for. They tend to flower throughout April and May, with the glossy green leaves appearing in March when they carpet the woodland floor where they’ll flourish under the canopy of trees. Want to see them this spring? Take a look at these bluebell and breakfast trails where you can start your day with a hearty New Forest breakfast before making a visit to one of our bluebells woods.

Flowers, plants and trees aren’t the only wildlife to appreciate this spring, but new-borns too. With New Forest ponies, cattle and deer all giving birth this time of year. If you’re heading to stay with us this spring, be sure to keep your eye out for new-born foals and calves skipping across the heathlands with their Mother’s by their side – It really is a beautiful sight to see! If you want to get up close and hold some new-born animals, we recommended taking a trip to Longdown Activity Farm. Here you can interact with some of the baby farm animals including chicks, calves and even piglets!

March to July is also the breeding season for ground-nesting birds such as the Dartfor Warbler, Nightjar and Woodlark. During this period they will be establishing their territories, building nests and bringing up their young. These birds choose to nest on, or near, to the ground on the open heathland of the New Forest. Using long grasses, bracken, heather or gorse to make their nests, they rely on camouflage to keep safe from predators. So, if you’re walking your dogs around this time of year remember to keep them close so they don’t disturb our nesting birds!

The warmer weather of spring sees some species of butterflies starting to reappear in the forest. Brimstone, peacock and red admiral butterflies can all be seen fluttering through the woodlands and around the heathlands throughout spring and summer.

Now you know what to look out for it’s time to pop your coat on and head out to explore!

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