Last month, January, was unseasonably mild here in North Devon, and it rained almost every day. For sure, this is a warmer part of UK, but one would normally expect a certain amount of snow and cold weather. Instead of this,we have had spring flowers blooming since last December (daffodils, primroses, and even more exotic blooms); birds all around have been displaying courtship behaviour, and I have twice been bitten by a mosquito. None of this very world-shattering in itself, but certainly a significant indicator of our ever-changing climate.
Here’s a slideshow of two or three brief visits I made to the woods, exploring a short distance alongside the fast-running stream. It reflects my experience of a specific time in a specific place.