Sunday, 8 July 2018

New Forest

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.

                               Emperor Penguin watching the sound check!

                                The following day

  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.

                                Beautiful Demoiselle

                                Plaitford Common

                                Speckled Wood


  1. Glad you had a great time in the New Forest, just as have had a great weekend at Dungeness

  2. Cheers Ken, although it was so hot down there with 30 plus degrees by the afternoon. I`m too used to the relentless Dungeness wind! All the best.