Mike regards the superb New Forest as his ‘local patch’ as he lives on the edge of this unique location. Ancient rights, local traditions and constantly changing work practices add greatly to this, Britain’s smallest National Park. However, it is an area under great pressure with perhaps 15 million day-visits annually. Despite this pressure, the Forest still contains an extraordinary range of wildlife species with many rarities and some are even unique in British terms. This presentation is illustrated by Mike’s own superb photography with a commentary in his usual light but informative style. The talk will be varied to suit the individual audience.