January: photographs of the month

Charlotte Armitage , 08/02/2018

A single snowdrop (Anastasia Stratigou)


Snowdrops (Sheila Ripper)


A close up of some snowdrops (Becky Barrett)


A drift of snowdrops (Joe Margetts)

During January we received over 100 photographs, which is the most since we added the photo tool. We really enjoyed looking through your lovely images and the decision to choose our favourites has been extremely difficult. Thanks, too, to everyone that has recorded this month. We’ve had 698 records from 397 of you.


Frogspawn (Rowena Millar)

Frogs with frogspawn

Two frogs with their spawn (Pippa Hine)


A close up of some frogspawn (Howard Evans)

January highlights:

We have had 226 records of snowdrops first flowering. A true sign that spring is on the way.


Snowdrops (Paul Pritchard)


Two snowdrops (Sian Lewis)


One opened and one closed snowdrop (Sally Outram)

We have had some extremely early insect sightings which include 4 ladybird records and 11 butterfly records of varying species. This could be due to the mild temperatures we have experienced during January.

Red admiral

Red admiral butterfly (Lynn Earnshaw)

7 spot ladybird

7 spot ladybird (Keri Lloyd)

Peacock butterfly

Peacock butterfly (Maureen Sibthorp)

Other popular sightings have been the appearance of frogs spawn, hazel first flowering, and lesser celandine first flowering. Have you seen any of these signs of spring?

Hazel catkins

Hazel catkins (Emma Morris)

Lesser Celandine

Lesser celandine flowering (Kay Shaw)

Hazel catkin

A close up of catkins (Lorraine Besent)

Song thrush

Song thrush (Paul Beech)

A huge thank you for all your records over January regardless of whether or not you uploaded photos. Every record helps scientists discover more about how UK wildlife is responding to a changing climate.

Hazel catkins

Hazel shrub with catkins (Dawn Greaves)

Elder first leaf

Elder first leaf (Christopher Spring)

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