After years of trying to write a nature diary with limited success I decided that the best way forward was to pen a sentence of news from the natural world every day.
I was hoping that just penning a few words would mean that it becomes part of my daily routine, so here goes with my offering for January.
1 January: a cold windy rain kicked off the first day of the year, confusing the flowers already in bloom, as a result of the mild winter.
2 January: we see a fox run across the road in front of us in the pre-dawn darkness. Then en route back from Cambridgeshire we catch a glimpse of a fox stalking some prey in a field.
3 January: a pair of magpie’s danced in the sky as the sun shone with relief from the constant rainfall.
4 January: I heard the sweet melody of a winter dawn chorus.
5 January: it was re-assuring the see the stars twinkling as the heavy cloud briefly lifted.
6 January: a fog bound morning with deep winter darkness; nothing much stirring.
7 January: lovely crystal clear night with the stars burning bright; temperatures are becoming more normal.
8 January: a cold frosty start to the morning, with the rooks active along the side of the motorway, circling high above the trees.
9 January: watched a robin perched in the tree at Bath City Farm.
10 January: a flock of pigeons fill the sky with their busy feathers as they land on a bridge.
11 January: in the morning grey a seagull flies past, filling the air with its noisy soundscape.
12 January: a substantial flock of birds takes up residence in a field alongside the M4
13 January: the day ended with a majestically rich sunset.
14 January: two buzzards circled high above the fields searching for their prey.
15 January: a frosty landscape rich in shimmering white greets the arrival of first light.
16 January: seeing the snow covered mountains of the Brecon Beacons across the perfectly still Bristol Channel.
17 January: a cheeky grey squirrel scampers across the path to take shelter from the rain.
18 January: a group of rooks perch in a tree with its bare winter branches.
19 January: with the crystal clear star-filled sky, a heavy frost takes root on the lawn and roof, shimmering brightly.
20 January: the morning begins with a deep blood red sunrise, illuminating a frosty landscape.
21 January: wet damp soaked fields became deeply frozen within a matter of miles as the train headed north.
22 January: the dark shape of an unoccupied birds nest in a bird tree as the evenings begin slowly to get lighter.
23 January: seagulls flew high above Victoria Park, circling in ever greater numbers, before flying into the distance.
24 January: buds were bursting from trees in the magical wood at Bannerdown Common.
25 January: five swans flew past in formation.
26 January: was transfixed by a mini-murmuration of starlings swishing and swaying above a landfill site.
27 January: pigeons had been busy collecting twigs for their nest outside the office.
28 January: geese flew gracefully across the motorway.
29 January: a sparrowhawk flies over its territory on the hunt for food.
30 January: empty rooks nests fill the crowns of trees.
31 January: a windy rain sees in the end of the day as the mists blow in.