I am certain that many of you have overwintering Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies in your homes and sheds. This one decided, somewhat unwisely that one of the treads on our stairs would be a good place to spend the winter
Warmer days in winter may tempt out overwintering lacewings such as this one on our kitchen window.
Similarly, the odd warm day will tempt out overwintering ladybirds.
The BLACKTHORN Prunus spinosa Click the link to find out more.
Moss of the month is Bryum capillare.
This is quite a common Moss frequently seen growing on the top of walls.
It is one of the species which can tolerate very dry conditions at particular times of the year and is thus found in a wide variety of habitats including chalk downland.
The Dabchick or Little Grebe is generally distributed along the River Stort. Their numbers have increased in recent years as the predation by Mink has decreased. Some individuals such as the one in the picture visit only for the winter, others may stay to breed having a floating nest often hidden under overhanging branches on the opposite bank. In the Spring you may well hear their exciting trilling call. True to their name they plop underwater regularly both to feed and for defence and then appear just as suddenly some way away