Autumn in the New Forest
The countryside of the New Forest transforms over autumn, with great swathes of rich colours and crisp atmospheric mornings.
The heather across the New Forest looks beautiful in September, with vibrant pinks and purples contrasting with green bracken and yellowing silver birch leaves.
Ancient oaks, beech and sweet chestnut trees canopies display rich autumnal hues of gold and red. It's a real feast for the eyes next to evergreen species such as holly and pine.
Fungi start to emerge from early September, littering the New Forest floor with a diverse array of colours and mystical shapes. To help conserve fungi we do not allow unauthorised picking.
As the acorns begin to drop from oak branches, pigs are released onto our Northern Commons to gobble them up. An ancient commoning right known as pannage, this protects the other livestock from eating acorns, which can cause illness.
Mist begins to hang in small valleys and ponies can be seen huddling up together for warmth.
So treat your senses this autumn with a visit to the New Forest, and enjoy a leaf-crunchingly good walk...