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Nature and wildlife January


Nature and wildlife January

January - an overview

January marks the start of the new year, the shortest day has passed and the days are lengthening, will be some time before we see any effect. Cold days with heavy frosts and snow are a feature of the month.

What to see

As winter progresses food is scarce for wildlife, any snow on the ground compounds the problem. There are fewer berries such as Holly, Rowan Hawthorn on the branches in the hedgerows. Birds 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.

WaxwingRedwing and Fieldfare which 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, the exception are bulbs such as Snowdrops which have energy stored from the previous growing season, later in the month their new shoots can be seen just poking through the soil. Time-lapse of a snowdrop flowering here...

Key dates:

20th January 2007: Catkins out in Haworth
13th January 2005 12 Waxwings at Haworth
30 Waxwings seen at Greenfields Haworth 17th Feb 2011.

For young ducks its fine weather, - An a rare month for tanning leather.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus January 1873
Tis winter time, ye swains, injoy yer store, Forget yer hardships and recreate the more.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus Jenewary 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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