Again it’s been an unusually mild winter and lots of signs of spring are starting to show. Frogs and toads are emerging from their over wintering sites and making their way towards breeding ponds, snow drops and crocuses are appearing and birds are singing in full force as they start to establish and defend territories. Last year lots of wildlife suffered from the ‘Beast from the East’ driving temperatures down in late spring just when babies were being born. We’ll have to wait to see how wildlife species recover this year, especially if we get another arctic burst late in the year.
Many birds are also gearing up for a long journey home after enjoying our British winter’s relatively balmy temperatures. Numbers of many of our most common birds are boosted each winter by visitors from colder climates, so your resident blackbird may have actually have been a Scandinavian cousin these last few months.
What to spot this month includes
- Hazel catkins opening
- Frogs and frogspawn
- Leaves of the cuckoo pint emerging
- Toads migrating
- Blue tits visiting nest boxes
- Winter aconite coming into flower
- Flocks of winter waders
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
Burton and Chingford Ponds is a fantastic reserve to visit in February as this one site contains a huge range of habitats. A wander through the reserve will take you through various woodlands, wet and dry heath, carr, bog and two large ponds. In the wet woodland you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a firecrest, redpoll or siskin, or a walk along the pond edge may reveal an elusive glimpse of a bittern.
Sussex Wildlife Trust Courses
Fancy a walk among the snow drops, a Worthing beach clean or perhaps a session building bird boxes? See what events and courses Sussex Wildlife Trust are running this February.