Spring in the New Forest
A beautiful wash of colour covers the New Forest with a sea of beautiful bluebells covering the woodland floor, whilst daffodils and crocuses make a wild spread across the National Park. Following on the trees get greener and fuller and primroses, magnolias and camellias begin to flower.
Bluebells flower throughout April and May, the glossy green leaves appear in March and carpet the ground where they flourish under the canopy of trees. There is nothing quite like following the bluebells & breakfasts trail to witness the vibrant mix of beech-leaf green and purple/blue hues on a sunny spring day. There are five destinations in the bluebells & breakfast trail where these flowers thrive; Pondhead Inclosure, near Lyndhurst, Broomy Inclosure, Exbury Gardens, Roydon Woods and Sanleheath near Fordingbridge.
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 you’re guaranteed to see spring animals in their natural habitat. If you want to get up-close and hold some new-born animals we recommend you take a trip to Longdown Activity Farm. Here you can interact with some of the baby farm animals including new baby chicks, calves and even piglets!
The forest really does come alive during these months, in order to witness it all take one of these fantastic walking routes where you’re guaranteed some sights of beautiful foals and maybe even get the opportunity to see some fawn, calves and even baby ducklings by the water. Also, don’t forget to keep your eye out for the stunning birds that own our skies:
March to July is the breeding season for ground-nesting birds such as the Dartfor Warbler, Nightjar and Woodlark. During this period they’ll be establishing territories, building nests and bringing up 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. They mostly feed on insects that naturally occur either on the open heathland floor and surrounding plant-life.
If exploring isn’t quite your cup of tea then join us in one of our lounges, look out across our gardens and admire the outside from the inside with a cup of tea and a slice of scrumptious cake!