Winter walks at The Weir
Come winter, the colourful leaves and harvested vegetables autumn brought to The Weir Garden have long gone. Birds are easier to spot with their colourful plumage, hopping from branch to branch searching for winter berries during the short hours of daylight.
The air is crisp and fresh and a layer of dew sticks to the ground and branches until late morning. It may be cold, but there are still plenty of wonderful sights to see during the winter months. See the garden in a different light; the seasonal changes alter the aesthetics greatly here. All year round visitors can enjoy all types of seasonal delights and winter is a rather magical time.
Wrapped up snug, visitors can enjoy spotting those typically wintery-sights such as dewy cobwebs lining the branches of trees and bright red berry bushes with iconic plump Robin Redbreast sat on top, a snapshot worthy of any Christmas card.
The waterfowls’ plumage is at its finest this time of year, especially Mallard drakes, who display striking green and purple feathers. We begin to see other less common waterfowl on the river this time of year such as Pintail, Goosander and Goldeneye.
The Rooks in the garden will roost together in the treetops for warmth and safety. Redwings and Fieldfare can also be spotted in the hedgerows, looking for berries before roosting with larger groups.
The Great Spotted Woodpeckers begin their courtship rituals in winter. Throughout January and February you may hear the drumming of a male woodpecker, attempting to impress a mate. Tawny Owls also begin courtship rituals but these are at night time, when the visitors are long gone and the garden sleeps.
Spot Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe as you wander down the frosty pathways. All of these things are winter memories the young and old alike will cherish.