Do one thing
Plant a tree and look after it in the months ahead to make a positive contribution to your environment
What to look for
On mild days, the countryside is draped with gossamer from tiny linyphiid spiders.
Freshwater invertebrates like caddis are present all year. Now is a good time to look for the larvae in their cases made from stones or bits of plant material.
Mosses of all kinds can be found in woods and hedgerows; their velvety evergreen tufts and cushions stand out among the bare wood.
Unlike the rabbit, brown hares do not burrow so you may spot them crouching in fields at this time of year.
Did you know
Dragonflies spend most of their lives underwater. They may take five years to become an adult. Although they are on the wing in summer, you can find the nymphs in freshwater at any time of year. Find out more at Buglife.
Habitat of the month: Wetlands
Wildfowl gather in abundance on lakes and reservoirs. How many different species of wader, duck or goose can you spot?
Photo opportunity: Winter berries
Provide a splash of colour to brighten up your photos. Use a macro lens to get really close; a tripod is useful to keep the lens steady. Alternatively, look for a bit of sunlight reflecting off dew or rain to give an extra sparkle.
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