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Nature and wildlife February


Nature and wildlife February

February - an overview

February can be a cold unforgiving month with snow heavy rain and cold north winds, but it is also the month where the first signs that spring is not far away.

What to see

Catkins sometimes called 'lambs tails' their golden tassels can be seen hanging from the branches of Hazel. Plants are beginning to show signs of life; the snowdrops are flowering, time-lapse of a snowdrop flowering here... Daffodils shoots are now above ground in readiness for flowering in March.

Migrant birds such as Redwing, Fieldfare and Waxwings which have spent the winter in Britain can still be seen. Later in the month Lapwings will return to moorland. Garden birds such as the Blackbird Blue Tit and Robin will still find food in short supply, putting out food for them will be help. This will encourage other birds such as Long Tailed Tits, Bullfinch and Goldcrests to visit.

A period of fine weather and you will hear birds such as the Chaffinch singing. Frogs will move to breeding ponds to spawn.

Key dates:

10th February 2005 Frogspawn at Greenfields Haworth. 15th February 2007 at Greenfields. 21st Feb 2008 at Greenfields. 23rd February 2009 at Greenfields, 21st February 2012 at Greenfield.
23rd February 2007 Lapwings on Haworth moor. 10th February 2008 at Leeshaw reservoir.

This ear month's so like the other - Some wod think em sister an brother.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus February 1873
Now in th' right an left, the extremes of heaven, To frost and snow an biting blasts are given.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus Febrewarry 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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