A year in nature
A new year and a whole new year of wildlife spotting beckons, writes Jo Darlington from Cheshire Wildlife Trust
The start of a new year is an exciting time. What I especially love about it is the opportunity to start a clean sheet for my wildlife spotting; what things will I discover this year? I love to see the old favourites which act as markers for the year just as much as any calendar, but I also hope to add some new sightings to my wildlife highlights. Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to going out to see.
people in Cheshire took part – will we reach 2,000 this year? I’d like to think so.
Our creatures love the sunshine too – common lizards enjoy basking in the sun at heathland nature reserves such as Cleaver Heath and Danes Moss. A visit to Marbury isn’t complete without hearing a kingfisher ‘peep’ along with its blur of blue as it flies by and bats start to zip round the Trust’s wooded reserves too.
For most of our mammals it’s a time to start making reserves to last through the winter. Whether this is fattening up for hibernation or storing nuts and seeds in the ground, it can be a busy few weeks for them. on a winter’s day but trust me it will be worthwhile to catch sight of huge numbers of wading birds feeding on the wet sands. On your way there or back you might even catch a glimpse of a fox or badger crossing the road. If you don’t feel like going far, make sure you keep your bird feeders and bird baths topped up. Your garden residents will appreciate the easy food when things are getting scarce and you could be in for a treat if you attract a group of long-tailed tits or a redpoll.
Winter wildlife in Cheshire The Trust’s headquarters at Bickley Hall Farm is a great place for seeing migrant birds. Starling murmurations are frequently there and at their nature reserve at Bagmere. Park at Parkgate on the Wirral to watch the world of waders and wintering birds on the Dee estuary.