Into “The Forest”.

The New Forest is 71,474acres of land of unenclosed pasture, heathland and forest in the South of England covering the southwest of Hampshire and southeast of Wiltshire. It was proclaimed a royal forest by William the Conqueror and is recorded in the Domesday Book.

After the death of William, and his predecessor Rufus, the rights of the common people were eventually restored in the 1217 Charter of the Forest rights of common pasture are still recognised today, being enforced by official verderers and agisters. In the 18th century, the New Forest became a source of timber for the Royal Navy.

On 1st March 2005 The Forest became a National Park.

From home it is about 30 miles to get into the New Forest so it is a popular easy destination for us to visit.

Today there were a number of Stonechats again.

Male Stonechat
Female Stonechat.
A bit shaky a female Stonechat singing!

A passing Sky Lark.

Silver-studded Blue Butterfly.

Keeled Skimmer (female)

Keeled Skimmer Dragonfly (male)

Large Red Damselfly.

Large Red Damselfly.