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Seasons: Winter

Updated Friday 25th January 2013

Winter is a bleak prospect for plant and animal life: trees have lost their leaves, many bird species have flown south, and other animals are in hibernation. 

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Winter: Our deciduous trees, including beech, ash, horse chestnut, and oak have lost their leaves and bare branches are exposed. There are very few wild flowers in bloom. Insects have disappeared. Summer migrant birds, including cuckoos, swallows, house martins swifts and spotted flycatchers have flown south to to warmer countries where insects are abundant. Other animals, reptiles, amphibians and some small mammals hibernate. Nevertheless, many birds and mammals remain active in this harsh season.

Explore the survival strategies of various species with our winter-themed carousel below.

Seasons: Winter carousel

How to cope with the coldest months - flee, go to sleep - or brazen it out?

Strategies to avoid the low temperatures and food shortages in winter. Copyright S100apm | Dreamstime.com Find the latest winter observations. Learn more about wildlife, share your interest with a friendly community and get help identifying what you have seen. Copyright iSpot A strategy to avoid the winter by seeking food in warmer climates. Copyright Avslt71 | Dreamstime.com A strategy that depends on the animal being capable of finding enough food in winter. Copyright Miroslav Hlavko | Dreamstime.com
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