Ex­plore a frosty land­scape

Country Living (UK) - - A Month In The Country -

THERE IS SOME­THING MAG­I­CAL about the sight of moor­land sparkling with frost in win­ter. On a clear day, when the wind brings a tingle to your cheeks and numb­ness to your fin­gers, wrap up warm and make the most of the lim­ited hours of soft win­ter sun­light by ven­tur­ing out and feel­ing the crunch of last sum­mer’s heather un­der your feet as you wan­der along worn paths. Spi­der­webs, tem­po­rar­ily frozen in time, will weave their way be­tween sharp and brit­tle seed heads, which now pro­vide a feast for lo­cal birds as other food sources dwin­dle. A pipit may dive ahead, its shrill call break­ing the si­lence, while the deep croak of a soar­ing raven will add a base note to the tran­quil­lity. See The Wildlife Trusts’ top na­ture ex­pe­ri­ences at wildlifetrusts.org /lovewil­dlife.

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