Winter wildlife

Where to see wildlife in winter

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Natural winter wonders

Some say winter is lifeless. It’s anything but. Many birds that fought each other off all spring and summer now gather together in enormous numbers, and starlings fill the skies with the incredible patterns of their murmurations. Arctic visitors make the coasts their winter home, while seal colonies haul themselves onto our beaches to noisily stake out their territory. It’s the toughest time of year, but even at this, the darkest, coldest and least promising time of year, life goes on.

Robins

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Stewart McDonald

Starling murmurations

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Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Winter plantlife

Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Winter migrants

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Richard Steel/2020VISION

Red squirrels

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Red Squirrel by Elliott Neep

Wagtails

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Bob Coyle

Waterfowl and waders

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Barn owls

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Barn owl by Peter Smith

Grebes

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