What to look out for in January

As we all stay home as a much as possible, the uplifting role that wildlife plays in our lives becomes more vital than ever and now is a great time to see what wildlife is using your local area. Being situated by the coast, means we never know what might turn up. 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. And don’t forget there are loads of ways to stay connected to nature from your own home

What to spot this month includes

  • Winter heliotrope 
  • Snowdrops 
  • Robins 
  • Frosted cobwebs 
  • Fieldfare 
  • 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 so 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.

Other events and activities during September