Wild Shropshire

What could you see this month?

Snowdrops - Katrina Martin/2020Vision

Blow away the cobwebs

Is your new year resolution to be more active? Read on for our top picks for places to visit and find out what wildlife and plants to look out for.

Reserves to visit this month

WIth over 40 to choose from, here are our favourites to visit at this time of the year.

What to look out for

From early spring flowers and farmland birds to frosty footprints there’s plenty of things to see.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops - Katrina Martin/2020Vision

 

Early snowdrops

Drifts of snowdrops poking up through the woodland floor and along riverbanks are a welcome sight during these cold, winter months. They generally flower between January and March and are a sure sign that spring will return again!

Primrose

Philip Precey

 

Primrose

In mild years, the spring-flowering Primrose can appear as early as December. Look out for its pretty, creamy-yellow flowers in woodlands and grasslands.

Sont thrush

Bob Coyle

 

Song Thrush

The song thrush is a familiar garden visitor that has a beautiful and loud song. It begins singing in early spring, sometimes as early as January.

Tawny Owl

Damien Waters

 

Tawny Owl

At their most noisiest this time of the year - listen out for the famous 'twit-twoo' call, actually made up of a 'ke-wick' sound from a female and an answering 'hoo-hoo-ooo' from a male.

Scarlet Elfcup

Chris Lawrence

 

Scarlet Elfcup

Common in Shropshire, you are particularly likely to see them in our woodland nature reserves. It can be seen in late winter and early spring on fallen twigs and branches (often Hazel, Elm and Willow),

Catkin Blue Tit

Bob Coyle

 

Catkins

Hazel catkins are a sure sign of Spring, elongating before tiny crimson flowers emerge in the spring. 

Chaffinch

Andy Jones

 

Spring plumage 

During winter garden birds tend to look quite dull, but as the weather gets better and they prepare to breed, plumage becomes much brighter and colourful.

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