Dartmoor Nature Tours

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February 2017 (updated on Wednesday 1st February)

February derives from the word februare meaning to purify and from Februa, the Roman festival of expiation.

January had some very cold days as cold easterly winds blew in from the European mainland. There were some compensations, however, including some dry sunny days and an influx of waxwings from their normal territories.

At the moth end the weather changed with the return of warm westerly winds leading to the emergence of early spring flowers such as primroses (see picture below, top right) and despite the cold weather the grass has kept on growing. Mistle thrushes and Song thrushes(see picture below bottom left) are also in song now – the Song Thrush sings mainly at daybreak whilst the Mistle is heard whenever the wind gets up – hence their old name of stormcock.

Ravens are already staking out their territories and actively calling and displaying (see picture below , bottom right)– these are traditionally early nesters and they also like to keep their territory clear of any rivals (especially buzzards).

Future Events - Winter Birds Walk

The next birdwatching walk will be on Sunday 19th February. The walk will start at 09.30 hours from the Lower Car Park on Trendlebere Down (Bovey Tracey end). Charge is £5.00 per adult

This is a short stroll of just over 2 miles and lasts for 3 hours. The objective will be to find as many different birds as possible!

Telephone (0785 8421 148) or e-mail me at enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk if you would like more information.