Nature has many gifts to give this December. As frost and snow takes hold the Christmas card scene unfolds.
Whilst trees stand bare and the winter wonderland cold, quiet and still, those in the picture stand out.
The female holly tree with her rosy berries, the robin with its red breast, and the fox with its fluffy red tail all break the ice with their festive glow. The high-pitched scream from vixen, the female fox, marks the beginning of their mating season. As other birds fall quiet, the robin sings with all its might.
Harder to spot, against a snowy backdrop, are species of hare, stoat, weasel, fox and ptarmigan who change their dull coat to the purest white. Another shining wintry sight is the fiery sunrises and sunsets which are more vibrant when the air is crisp and clear – as are the stars that twinkle at night.
Whilst we bring the outdoors indoors, decorating the tree and our homes with evergreens, ivy, mistletoe and berries, we must remember to give back what we have indoors to those outdoors as food is scarce and winter tough.
This month Durham Wildlife Trust have wrapped up a selection of events to help you enjoy the magical gift of nature.
On Saturday 2nd our Low Barns Wildlife Watch Group are ending the year creating Christmas crafts, birdwatching and feeding. As temperatures drop, birds rely on the gifts we leave in their feeders.
For those looking to further connect with the wintry elements, our weekly Wild Yoga sessions continue at Rainton Meadows on Tuesday 5th.
Sunday 10th our Christmas Craft and Gift Fair at Low Barns is the perfect place to find nature inspired stocking fillers and if you’d like to see your loved ones unwrap a whole year of wildness, then our Wildlife Trust memberships make the perfect gift.
On Saturday 16th it’s our Rainton Meadows Wildlife Watch Group’s chance to enjoy making Christmas crafts.
For those with their eye on a technical gift, our In Focus Optics Demonstration on Sunday 17th and 31st at Low Barns will allow you to try out a range of optical equipment, including telescopes and binoculars, with the help of an expert.
Tuesday 19th, test your wildlife knowledge at our Christmas Pub Quiz at Durham Amateur Rowing Club. A fun get-together for all our supporters.
Wild Sunderland is at Rainton Meadows on 22nd December. Pop along for a winter wildlife bonanza and have a go at making gifts for the animals that visit your garden or settle down with a hot chocolate to enjoy the wild winter storyteller.
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and enjoy nature’s festive events. Please share your Christmas card wildlife scenes with us on Instagram & Twitter @durhamwildlife and Facebook and keep checking on our website too for new events: http://durhamwt.com/events/.
Karen – DWT Volunteer