Thousands of spectators turned out for Hampshire's annual Donkey Derby. 

The 4th New Forest North (Eling) Sea Scouts staged the races at Eling Recreation Ground.

But most of the donkeys were more interested in eating than racing – thanks to the huge number of daisies and dandelions on the course.

So many animals stopped for a snack that members of the crowd were asked to pick some of the daisies between races.

The competition provided plenty of thrills and spills, with one rider falling off just seconds after leaving the start.

Two other children were unseated near the finish, but the donkey left in front promptly turned around and went back to join the others.

This year’s fundraiser could turn out to be even more successful than the 2012 event, which attracted a crowd of 3,500.