Nature is on your doorstep

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Comma Butterfly
Roe Deer


Winter birds feeding, including waders on the meadow. Mandarin duck may also be found. Robins become highly territorial. While mating foxes’ howls are unearthly.


Elder leaves first appear with hazel catkins, while ground ivy, lesser celandine and dog violets bloom. Brimstones, peacocks and small tortoiseshell butterflies start to waken from hibernation. Kestrels hunt from perches. Woodpeckers heard drumming.


Newts and frogs begin to return to ponds to mate. Snowdrops flower. Hedgehogs are active. The female goldcrest weaves her nest from the mosses and lichen that are readily available here.


Migrant warblers return; herons active. Bluebells and primroses blossom. Speckled wood and comma butterflies can be found.


Barn owls actively feeding young; swallows and martins start to breed. At dusk several species of bat can be observed.


Skylark flight songs can be heard. Ringlet and meadow brown butterflies appear, along with resident common blues. Yellow bog asphodel flowers on the heathland.


Voles are active and fox cubs may be spotted playing. Southern marsh orchids bloom. Beautiful and banded demoiselle damselflies can be seen. Grass snakes and common lizards are seen basking – but never together!


Dragonflies seen hawking. note four-spotted chasers and emperor dragonflies around Knox’s Pond. Listen for bog bush cricket’s soft but shrill buzz on the Alexandra Park heathland. Look for green woodpeckers anting. Plus kingfishers calling on the river while swallows and martins gather overhead before departing back to Africa.


Spider’s webs criss-cross the grass on dewy mornings. Birds of prey stock up for the lean winter months ahead – departing hobby catch dragonflies on the wing, buzzards hunt young rabbits, sparrowhawks harry small birds and kestrels hover for voles.


Striking autumn colours dominate. Wood ants are active among the leaves. Sweet chestnuts arrive – though you’ll need to be quick if you’re to beat the grey squirrels to them. Mixed flocks of small birds are active in the treetops. Fungi proliferate, numerous species, including blewits, earth star and groups of sulphur tufts on fallen trees and decaying stumps.The late-flowering ivy attracts numerous nectar feeders.


Jays bury thousands of acorns every year as over-winter larders that, if they forget about them, then helps to spread this majestic tree. Fieldfare and redwing, relatives of our native thrushes, flock in from northern Europe to gorge themselves on berries. Stoats can often be seen hunting.


Deer and badger can be glimpsed feeding at dusk. While holly berries light up the gloom. Listen for the hooting of tawny owls.

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