Watching wildlife in the UK in December

A to Z of a Wildlife Garden “The bare branches of winter make it easier to see the birds active in your garden. You might spot a blackcap hopping among shrubs looking for berries. They are traditionally summer visitors, but are now over-wintering as well.”

When to Watch Wildlife – December– Excellent page which recommends the following:

  • Birds visiting the bird table & hanging feeders
  • Last spring’s bird nests showing in leafless hedges
  • Bird flocks in wetlands and estuaries
  • Redwings, fieldfares and waxwings
  • Baby seal pups on our coasts

Winter wildlife watch “This is the shortest day when the sun rises latest and sets earliest. After this the days do get longer though the coldest winter weather and highest chance of snow is often in January and February. Most trees have lost their leaves and we see the shape of their trunks and branches  most clearly in winter. Large numbers of migratory ducks, geese and swans are present and other winter  visitors to look for include redwings, fieldfares and in some years waxwings.”

National Trust Wildlife CalendarFoxes will be making their intentions loud and clear this month as their mating season ensues. Vixens (females) wail and scream, and dogs (males) bark to find mates across the landscape. They also become easier to spot as they search and flirt. There are more urban foxes now than ever, so chances of seeing and indeed hearing their displays are no longer confined to fields and hedgerows.”