Archive of: Charlotte Owen

  • Hazel catkins

    Hazel catkins

    Thousands of yellow hazel catkins are ripening in the winter sunshine is one of the signs that spring isn’t too far away

  • Yew


    Sussex is home to one of the finest yew woodlands in Europe, at Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve just outside Chichester, where you can walk among some of the oldest living beings in Britain.

  • Grey squirrel courtship

    Grey squirrel courtship

    It may be the middle of winter but grey squirrels are already looking for love.

  • Short-eared owls

    Short-eared owls

    It’s been a good year for ‘shorties’ in Sussex so far this winter, so keep your eyes peeled.

  • Mistle thrush

    Mistle thrush

    Winter is a good time to look for mistle thrush, while the trees are bare, as males tend to perch up on the highest branches to sing

  • Seven swans a-swimming

    Seven swans a-swimming

    The final birds of The Twelve Days of Christmas are seven swans a-swimming, and the mute swan can be seen swimming on almost every pond, lake and river in Sussex.

  • Six geese a-laying

    Six geese a-laying

    The sixth day of Christmas sees the arrival of six geese a-laying, which is a good excuse to talk about one of our most abundant winter visitors.

  • Two turtle doves

    Two turtle doves

    Turtle doves have long been a symbol of love and fidelity and have inspired poets, artists and musicians alike, so presenting your one true love with a bonded pair of turtle doves would be the ultimate romantic gesture – except that these birds are now heart-wrenchingly rare.

  • A partridge in a pear tree

    A partridge in a pear tree

    Concerted conservation efforts on farmland across the county could see the grey partridge thrive here once again – but we’re still unlikely to see one perching in a pear tree.

  • Stoat


    The slinky stoat is a bundle of energy, always alert and highly inquisitive.