Whilst some species are safe, snugly tucked away in hibernation, a few hardy creatures are battling through the winter winds hoping for some spring sunshine to emerge. Why not help them by leaving out some extra food. You could be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some more unusual garden visitors such as Redwing and Fieldfare or even a Waxwing.
At night listen out for the haunting screams of a vixen looking for a mate or the enigmatic ‘ke-wick hoo-hoo-oooo’ of Tawny Owls calling to each other across the darkness. We may also see some early spring risers, so look out for bumblebees and butterflies on sunny days.
What to spot this month includes
- Winter heliotrope
- Frosted cobwebs
- Hart’s tongue fern
- Short-eared owl
- Mixed flocks of tits and finches
Tell us what you've seen
There are many more species to be spotted this month. Keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to fill in our species recording form, so we can submit your sightings to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.
Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve to visit this month
Eridge Rocks is a magical spot tucked away in the woodlands of the High Weald. The huge sandstone outcrop towers above made up of shady nooks, deep fissures and giant bastions topped with ancient and gnarled beech, yew and holly. Winter is a perfect time to really see these primordial rock formations and the associated moss and liverwort communities in all their glory. They may be small, but hold a hand lens to these prehistoric plants and you will see an amazingly complex structure of protrusions and rivets. There is really nowhere else like it in Sussex.
Sussex Wildlife Trust Courses
Fancy a winter ramble, or maybe an early bird safari? Find out what events and courses Sussex Wildlife Trust are running this month.