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February brings the rain, thaws the frozen pond again…


What to See Where to See and comment What it looks like
Geese and ducks

Barnacle Goose 


Continue to feed in wetlands and estuaries. At our wetland centres you should find large flocks of Barnacle Geese at Caerlaverock WWT Dumfriesshire


Mute Swan

Whooper Swan

Bewick Swan

Large flocks of swans can usually be seen during the winter at Slimbridge WWT in Gloucestershire when they come in for they evening feeds at around 4pm.

Swan Upping - The annual Census of the population of Mute Swans on the River Thames taking place during 3rd week of July.

Locations to see & photograph swans in the UK

Waxwings Continue to forage for berries in the hedgerows.  
Redwings  Continue to forage for berries in the hedgerows, and gardens obtaining energy ready for their migration.
Fieldfares  Continue to forage for berries in the hedgerows.
Grey Heron Busy themselves with mating rituals and nest building in the treetops at the Heronry. 

Blue Tits Are looking for places to nest  
Great Crested Grebe The fortunate few may witness their courtship



  Marj Kibby

Greater Spotted

Great Spotted Woodpecker

You may hear them drilling into the trunk of a tree or see them at work.
Honey Bees Early ones may be seen gathering nectar and pollen.  
Frogspawn Is starting to become a common sight in ponds throughout the country  
Wintering Duck Are at their finest as they are courting crazy before flying north to breed elsewhere.  


What to See Where to See and comment What it looks like
Snowdrops Appear in profusion in the woodland floors. See our location guide on Snowdrop Valley as well as our list Where to Photograph Snowdrops.
Hazel catkins or Lamb's tails hang from the leafless tree branches but also notice the female buds with their little red tentacles to trap the pollen as it passes by.




Jane Cockman

Pussy Willows    
Crocuses in their yellows, purples and vast colour spectrum start to appear in town parks, at the roadside and in gardens.  
Winter Aconite Their yellow flowers may start to appear in woodlands and in your gardens.  
Bluebells Their leaves start to push through the earth in the woodland floor.

Wild Garlic The first signs of their leaves start to show through the dark browns of the woodland floor.  
Lords and Ladies    
Dog’s Mercury    
Violets the early variety start to push their leaves through the surface of the woodland floor.  
Week Violet    


See Also

For a more in depth look at Wildlife photography in February.

Other species can be found listed in the Wildlife Section or within the topic index under

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