Wildlife to watch in February
Snowdrops are a familiar spring flower, coming into bloom in January and flowering until March, and we’ve spotted some on the Flitch Way this month. They are perennial flowering plants, which are native to large parts of Europe, and have naturalised in the UK.
Look for their famous nodding, white flowers, each carried on a single stem. The narrow, grey-green leaves appear around the base of the stem, and it is these hardened leaf tips that can push through frozen soil to flower so early in the year. Snowdrops often form clumps.
Also look out for
This is a large finch which feeds on fruit and buds in woodland and hedgerows. It is a secretive bird which can be more often heard than seen.
If you are lucky enough to spot a male, you will no doubt notice his unmistakeable bright rose-red breast. Females are less conspicuous being a dull grey-brown. The bullfinch is on the Amber List in the UK's Birds of Conservation Concern.
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