Late winter in the garden

Dramatic winter skies above the River Wye

February is a wonderful time of year, after the long winter the days gradually become more spring like. The garden begins showing signs of life with greenery reappearing and nature preparing for the warmer weather.

The snowdrops scattered throughout the garden offer a wonderful display with their tiny white buds, delighting visitors both old and young. Crocuses also begin to make an appearance this month, attracting bees, hungry for nectar after a long hibernation.

All sorts of spring bulbs cover the river banks
snowdrops and crocus
All sorts of spring bulbs cover the river banks

Sunny spots attract Ladybirds, take a closer look and see how many spots you can count. There are several varieties of Ladybird, see how many different ones you can see on your visit. Keep an eye out for circling birds of prey too, such as Buzzards and Sparrowhawks as they begin establishing territories this month. In the garden, birdsong gets louder as the Chaffinches, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes begin looking for mates.

Keep your eyes peeled for tiny beasties in the garden
A close up shot of a ladybird on a tree
Keep your eyes peeled for tiny beasties in the garden

We are open every day in February so do try and make time to visit this little wildlife haven along the edge of the River Wye.   

The waterfowl stay throughout the changing seasons
Duck sits overlooking the Weir river.
The waterfowl stay throughout the changing seasons