Steve’s Nature Weblog: Welcome to Winter!


an excellent week of sunshine in Crete we returned to lashings of rain.
Ishbel has a domestically purchased automobile; the windscreen wipers activate
routinely as you cross the Lancashire/Cumbria border. The rivers
had been rising dangerously: a big tree, travelling at pace down the
River Cocker, embedded itself within the parapet of Principal Avenue bridge in
a determined try to flee, and my first job was to erect the
flood defences. After that it snowed and since then we have had storms
Arwen and Barra to deal with. Welcome to winter!

1st is the start of ‘meteorological winter’. True
winter begins with the solstice on the 21st. It marks a turning level within the yr – from
this level, the nights, slowly however certainly, start to get shorter and
the times longer. Gorse stays in flower and we eagerly await the
first snowdrops, adopted by the crocuses and lesser celandines.
In the meantime, in Crete, I’ve recorded no fewer than 64 crops in
flower through the winter months.

majority of bugs depend on crops in a technique or one other and the
numbers present an analogous pattern. 129 species recorded on my own in Crete
within the winter months, versus solely 5 in Cumbria.

come out extra evenly, 30-40 species in every location. Regardless of the
lack of bugs, the north of England sees an amazing inflow through the
winter months as birds search to flee the even harsher circumstances of
the Arctic. European migratory species are likely to by-pass Crete on their
journeys to sub-Saharan Africa, however because the local weather warms, I’ve
observed that extra species are selecting to overwinter in Crete.

of which, serves as an introduction to subsequent yr’s weblog collection: The
European Nature Almanack, which I shall start on the finish of this
month with issues to look out for in January, each in Crete (35
levels north of the equator) and Cumbria (55 levels north of the
equator). I might have an interest to study of your observations for those who stay
between these latitudes.

subsequent time,

the most effective,


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