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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild December -

RED-LET­TER DAYS

Stake out the feed­ers at Scot­land’s Loch of the Lowes (Scot­tish Wildlife Trust) and Aber­nethy (RSPB) re­serves for fan­tas­tic views ws of red squir­rels. Both lo­ca­tions also have ve we­b­cams trained d on the feed­ers. War­dens top them up through­out the win­ter – you might ht spot crested and coal tits too.

ROAD­SIDE SPEC­TA­CLE ECTACLE

In win­ter the hedges and scrub be­side mo­tor­ways and rail­way lines of­ten seem to have been smoth­ered in foam, rather like the of­fwhite scum whipped up by a river. This is the feath­ery seed­heads of trav­eller’s joy, also known as old man’s beard – our na­tive species of clema­tis.

WIN­TER BLOOMS

Gorse is fa­mous for flow­er­ing in ev­ery month of the year, adding a wel­come splash of mid­win­ter colour to bleak heaths and hill­sides. With search­ing, you can also find a sur­pris­ing num­ber of other wild­flow­ers in De­cem­ber, and the ‘New Year Plant Hunt’ has be­come some­thing of a tra­di­tion. Take part at www.bsbi.org/ new-year-plant-hunt

BUT­TER­FLY BO­NANZA

The red ad­mi­ral en­joyed its best-ever year in the Big But­ter­fly Count this sum­mer, be­ing the sec­ond most fre­quently seen species. It doesn’t hi­ber­nate, in­stead merely roosts, so you have ev­ery chance of see­ing it stir into life on a warm De­cem­ber day. Visit www. big­but­ter fly­count.org rg

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