Wildlife this month - December

Winter migrants:

The winter migrants are now with us and spectacular wildlife sights can be seen around wetlands where migrant waders and waterfowl over-winter in their thousands 

As well as waterfowl and starlings, red kites also move into groups for winter. Winter is a great time to visit one of the red kite feeding stations for spectacular views of these magnificent birds.

Plants:

Now is the season where the evergreen plants dominate the landscape and while the sculptural shapes of the bare deciduous trees still make a walk in the woods a treat, this is the traditional time for ivy, holly, mistletoe and conifers to claim the show

Wildlife:

Animals should be in winter coats by now and among the most striking of these are mountain hares, stoats and ptarmigan, which all turn white in winter - a tactic that can prove unfortunate if the season is mild and their upland homes are free of snow.