About Dry Drayton

Local news from the Dry Drayton Blog

Diary of Dry Drayton Events

Events around Dry Drayton

Is the A14 running?

Dry Drayton Parish Council

Dry Drayton Village Hall

Dry Drayton Key Contacts

Dry Drayton School and Village Association

Little Owl Pre-school

Other Dry Drayton Organisations

Dry Drayton Local Politics Page

Dry Drayton Facilities

Dry Drayton Newsletter

Dry Drayton Footpaths

Dry Drayton Weather

Recommendations from Dry Drayton folks

Natural History

Local History

Dry Drayton Business Ads

Dry Drayton Free Ads - find or get rid of stuff

Dry Drayton Food and Drink, including recipes

Local Links

Dry Drayton Nature Notes - December

 

Here we will build a collection of monthly nature notes for Dry Drayton. You can find here information about regular and more unusual sightings of Parish flora and fauna. Please send us your sightings to add to these pages or send your local wildlife queries to us.

 

Dry Drayton Nature Notes for: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

 

John Clare, The Shepherd's Calendar 1827

Christmass is come and every hearth
Makes room to give him welcome now
Een want will dry its tears in mirth
And crown him wi a holly bough

Flora

Snow and berries in the December sun

Still plenty of berries in evidence around the village. There are still a few funghi to be found, including the Bird's Nest Fungus, King Alfred's Cakes and Jew's Ear.

Insects and Spiders Amazingly some winter moths are emerging at this point.
Amphibians and Reptiles

The shortest day for hibernating species is the Winter Solstice - the length of the day gradually pulls out from this point.

Birds

Blackbird, Robin, Songthrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Crow, Rook, Magpie, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Red legged partridge, are all to be seen, some attracted into gardens by nuts and other food. Winter visiters include Fieldfare, Redwing, Lapwing, Black Headed Gull.

Waxwings and Blackcaps may possibly be seen passing through the village this month.

Mammals

Muntjac deer can often be seen on the road verge between Madingley and Dry Drayton. Foxes are more often smelt than seen. Badgers are here, but a rarer sight. Squirrels are more easily spotted with few leaves on the trees.

 

Dry Drayton Nature Notes for: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

 

Species Lists for Dry Drayton: Flowering plants and ferns | Fungi | Insects and spiders | Amphibians and reptiles | Birds | Mammals

 

Nature Notes on: The Dry Drayton Environment and Change | Flora | Insects and spiders | Amphibians and reptiles | Birds | Mammals