New Forest Folk Festival - Hot, dry and sunny - Phew, just back from a hot, sweaty week at Plaitford on the northern edge of the New Forest. This was our second year on site following on from an article I wrote for the June edition of Countryman magazine that highlighted the festival`s links with the local countryside and Foresters, along with a cracking line up of folk, roots and acoustic music. We helped out before and during the festival including natural history guiding on Plaitford Common and around the nearby village.
All the expected woodland birds were noted including Redstart and Tree Pipit in the forest, Grey Wagtail and Spotted Flycatcher along the river and plenty of Red Kites and Buzzards over the festival site. Nightjars and Tawny Owls were heard at dusk and through the night. The trout-rich River Blackwater was also good for Beautiful Demoiselles and Golden-ringed Dragonflies.