I've said before how differently I feel about winter since seeing our sites through the full cycle of seasons. When life goes back into the ground, everything takes an essential break to recuperate and replenish, readying for the kick-off again in the new breeding season. That gives us humans the time to restock, set out new goals, complete heavy-duty habitat works, tidy the piles of brash, clean out nest boxes, repair equipment and, of course, consume a copious amount of coffee and biscuits on the sites without too much disturbance to the wildlife.
Here are a few shots of our biodiversity sites on the coldest and most peaceful days.
Grassland in the North West Zone
Wetland plants, North West Zone
Spring is just around the corner in the North of Brockley Wood
The River Mole, North West Zone
Gatwick Stream flood attenuation area, Land East
Rolls Field, Land East
The clearing in Goat Meadow, Land East
The Gatsbee Apiary, Land East
Ashley's Field, Land East
Roe Deer tracks
Red Fox print