Dartmoor Nature Tours

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February 2019 (updated on Friday 22nd February)

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

After some severe storms in the early part of the month February has calmed down and due to a southerly air stream coming up from Iberia we are currently basking in record breaking temperatures (but only after the early morning fog and mist has cleared!).

Primroses are now flowering (see picture below, top right) and many of our resident song birds have taken up their territories ready for nesting. Always a sign of spring when the Yellowhammer returns to the local heathland and starts singing little bit of bread and no cheese (see picture below, bottom left).

Mistle Thrushes (see picture below, bottom right) and Song Thrushes are also in full 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 Chaffinches are also singing (see picture below bottom right) and a blackbird, encouraged by a very warm mild day, started singing very quietly yesterday evening.

Future Events - Spring Birds Walk

The next birdwatching walk will be on Sunday 31st March. 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 under 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.