Don’t forget the wildlife – as snow returns to Derwentside.

Compared to a normal year or even other parts of GB at the moment, this years winter has been kind to us. Very little snow and quite mild! However over the last couple of days we have at last seen some snow but it hasn’t lasted long enough or been deep enough to be a problem.Derwent Reservoir, Co. Durham, ENGLAND - 23rd February 2013: Red Squirrels at woodland near Derwent Reservoir, Co. Durham.(Photo by George Ledger Photography)Everything we do becomes a little more difficult in the snow but for wildlife snow can change their whole world.  Green fields can disappear overnight and food becomes an obsession. January 2013, Waskerley Co. Durham, England. Winter snow and Red and Black Grouse- George LedgerSome birds and animals are better adapted to cope with the white stuff and the Red Grouse is one of the countries specialists. It doesn’t retreat from the high moors over winter and due to its special feather covered feet can with stand deep snow and extremely cold temperatures.Derwent Reservoir, Co. Durham, ENGLAND - 28th February 2013: Red Squirrels at woodland near Derwent Reservoir, Co. Durham.(Photo by George Ledger Photography)Other less hardy species are unable to cope in bad weather and rely on hand-outs from us to survive. Pheasants are more easily seen on roadsides and in gardens but are generally fed at this time of the year by the game keepers.Derwent Reservoir, Co. Durham, ENGLAND - 8th February 2013: Red Squirrels at woodland near Derwent Reservoir, Co. Durham.(Photo by George Ledger Photography)More common species, like Robins are almost totally reliant on handouts as even a little snow can make it very hard for them to find food or water.

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2 Responses to Don’t forget the wildlife – as snow returns to Derwentside.

  1. Al says:

    Great definition on the fur of that Red Squirrel. Sadly we don’t see enough of them.

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