August walk

Jacqueline and Vivienne kindly arranged an August walk.  Taking into account the much warmer weather we started off earlier than normal walking across familiar New Forest heathland south of Burley with vast horizons and cloudy skies.  Our guide book led us right and left towards two ponds especially popular in the summer months with people coming to relax on the shoreline often with New Forest ponies grazing nearby.  This year however, one pond is totally dry and the other much reduced.  The photographs show the difference between August 2021 and August 2022.

The impact of the extreme heat last month is dramatic.  In an average year, the New Forest has 12 days with some rain in September, hopefully that will help.