Snow Birds

1st February We had just the right amount of snow this weekend; the roads soon cleared but the fields and woods were transformed. The flock of sheep in the meadow next door had sweet scented hay in their feeder down by the gate, but they weren’t worried, they’re hardy mountain breeds whose grandmothers weathered far …

Blackthorn Winter

It has felt like we have been poised on the cusp of the seasonal change for weeks. The cold weather we associate with winter lingered long into the 3rd calendar month of the year, and according to the weather forecast, hasn't yet been completely banished to the mysterious artic north. But snow isn't just a …

Patch Watch: What a Lot of Wellie-Weather!

After a relatively dry 2017, the first month of the new year seems to be excited to have discovered rain, and has been enthusiastically demonstrating this day after day. Few bright days have punctuated the curtains of rain, but when they have, they have been glistening gems. We may complain about the wet weather, but …

What to Look for in Nature: January

  January is the very core of winter; short cold days that all too often seem dreary and grey, punctuated with icy freezes. Despite the apparent bleakness of the month, the workings of spring are gradually gaining momentum, mostly under the surface. Above ground there is plenty to enjoy as well, if you know where to …