Winter

When the Christmas turkey is forgotten and the cows are bedded in for the winter, we can make time to manage the trees and hedges.

Gone are the relatively warmer shades of autumn and evergreens get their moment in the limelight. While fields stand waterlogged, snipe and other waders probe for nourishment in the sodden soil and the northerly winds bring acrobatic wildfowl, seeking sheltered ponds.

Valentine’s Day is a sure sign that the season’s almost over and usually coincides with the heart-warming arrival of the first spring calf.