December Update with Season Greetings!

by Russ on December 12, 2012

The female goosander has a brown head whereas the male has a green head.Seasons greetings to you and welcome to the December Nature Talks and Walks update blog. Although it’s become cold and frosty outside, this is a brilliant time of year to get up close and personal with all sorts of wildlife. Their daily quest for food means they become much more confident around people during this time of year. A perfect example greeted us yesterday morning, as no sooner had we stepped out of the front door than a female goosander (left) poked her head up from the neighbouring brook. This fish eating duck is normally seen on large bodies of water but at this time of year starts to move further a field in the search for daily food.

Setting up a hedgehog home is great for hibernation and females may even use it to raise a family too!Today is a big day for Nature Talks and Walks, as tonight we’re going to be featured on Bolton FM. Make sure you’re listening online at 8 PM when we’ll be joining Margaret Corston on Community Corner, talking about the huge variety of wildlife that can be seen in and around Bolton. We’re also heading to Hindley Green Community Primary School later today for some fun ‘Natural Habitat’ activities with their Eco Club.

The beautiful, crisp winter countryside surrounding the town of Clitheroe.Yesterday Talks and Walks was also very honoured to be invited to the Lancashire Dotcom Walkers yearly awards. The event was held at the Edisford Bridge Hotel near Clitheroe, which has been awarded with the Pub of the Year by the group. As well as a fantastic walk around the local area with herons, winter robins and King Alfred’s cakes, Talks and Walks also won a prize for the summer wildlife walk we lead for the group round Entwhistle reservoir. Many thanks to Bob and the rest of the gang.

Always check fallen trees for fascinating fungi and hibernating mini beasts!

At the start of this month we also had a fantastic day on the Rochdale canal with the Canal and River Trust. The subject of the day: Invasive Species. Even in winter we were able to find a couple of good examples and had a fantastic day examining wasp gauls, observing the local birds and talking about the past, present and future of Britain’s invasive species.

All this plus not long till Christmas! Stay tuned for more news, blogs and pictures and make sure you keep warm whilst on the hunt for winter wildlife!

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