It was great to head back to this fantastic area after a gap of three years and once again, it didn’t disappoint with amazing wildlife and great opportunities for photography in beautiful surroundings.
There was so much to see including plants, birds, dragonflies and butterflies which delighted our customers and made it a pleasure to guide.
Birds seen included EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD, COMMON REDSTARTS, WOODLARKS, EURASIAN WOODCOCK, RUDDY SHELDUCK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, MANDARIN DUCK, COMMON FIRECREST, COMMON CROSSBILLS, LESSER REDPOLL & EURASIAN SISKINS and fabulous views of EUROPEAN NIGHTJARS!
Insects were pretty good too with dragonfly species such as GOLDEN-RINGED DRAGONFLY, KEELED SKIMMER, SMALL RED DAMSELFLY, SOUTHERN DAMSELFLY, WHITE-LEGGED DAMSELFLY, BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE, EMPEROR DRAGONFLY and RED-EYED DAMSELFLY amongst others whilst the wonderful SILVER-WASHED FRITILLARY glided through the forest glades.
The New Forest is botanically rich with plants found nowhere else in the U.K. and we managed to see some of these including the delightful WILD GLADIOLI plus CORAL NECKLACE, ALLSEED, CHAFFWEED & PILLWORT.
Orchids stole the show with lots of species and fabulous views from the diminutive BOG ORCHID through to MARSH HELLEBORINE, HEATH FRAGRANT, LESSER BUTTERFLY, PYRAMIDAL, COMMON TWAYBLADE plus HEATH SPOTTED plus lots of other plant species.