Happy New Year to all. The mainly cold but dry winter continues with only occasional wet days, far better than last year this time when we had rain falling on over 40 days in a row. The frost brings great beauty with a little danger. The birds are using the feeders with great urgency, no new varities just plenty of the usual suspects great, blue & coal tits, siskins, chaffinch's, greater spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, robin, dunnock and sparrows. The yellow witch hazels seem to be more forward this year, fully out rather than just a few flowers in January. The snowdrops and other bulbs are starting to appear in the grass and down in the woodland garden. The iris bulbs in pots are showing through, although the crocus have been nibbled by mice again, causing great annoyance and destruction.
I'll got around to updating the bird news page and will have all 2017 prices shown on the appropriate page shortly.