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Nature and wildlife December


Nature and wildlife December

December - an overview

December 21st is the Midwinter Solstice and our shortest hours of daylight, you can take a 24 hour time-lapse of the day here... It also marks the official arrival of winter. Shorter daylight hours and long cold nights make for difficult times for wildlife such as Birds and Mammals.

What to see

Winter food is scarce for all wildlife and any berries such as Holly, Rowan Hawthorn will be eaten by birds. They are active after dawn foraging for food and hour before sunset eating in readiness for the long night ahead. This is a good time to feed birds as they will appreciate a meal and you may be rewarded by seeing other species such as Bullfinch as their need for food makes them less timid.

Redwing and Fieldfare which have migrated from Northern Europe to winter in Britain can be seen. If you are lucky you may also see Waxwings; a winter visitor from Russia and Northern Europe. They are usually spotted where berries such as Rowan are found.

Plants are in their dormant stage and there are very few signs of growth at this time of year.

Key dates:


This here month iz fearful caud; Bud twarst fer them ats getting oud.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus December 1873
Nah fleecy skies begin to clothe the wood, An ffakes o rustlin ice cums rowlin dahn the ffood.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus December 1874

If you have any dates, information about weather or observations about nature, stories or folklore relating to this month contact us and if suitable will add to the page - please local to Haworth and the surrounding area only.




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