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Even during our shortest days, there are wild things to be found everywhere – from your garden to our remotest reserves.
Here are some ideas of how you can enjoy wild plants and fungi in January.
Did you know that there’s entire miniature kingdom, rich in hundreds of species that we can discover right on our doorsteps? Lichens and bryophytes can grow almost anywhere, from the intrepid lichens we can spot growing on our city centre pavements, to the tiny forests of mosses flourishing in woodlands.
Want to get started learning about these tiny but fascinating species? Join Lizzie Wilberforce on her journey to learn 10 moss species >
Plantlife reserves aren’t just for summer! The wildflower meadows we manage, that bloom in a rainbow of colour in the summer, provide the perfect overwintering habitats for wildlife.
Our reserves team have spotted overwintering birds like Lapwing at our Lugg reserve in Herefordshire, and Snipe at Cae Blaen-dyffryn in Wales. Some of our most iconic winter species, Ivy, Holly and Mistletoe provide food for hungry birds and invertebrates at our Ranscombe and Joan’s Hill reserves.
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The evergreen, spiny bushes of Gorse flower with a coconut perfume all year round, hence the phrase ‘when Gorse is in flower, kissing is in season’ – perhaps more relevant on our reserves home to Mistletoe! Gorse is one of our National Plant Monitoring Scheme species, a chance for volunteers to record plants which appear in designated squares across the country.
You might also spot Hart’s-tongue Fern on your woodland walks, or even Shepherd’s Purse on a school field!
Eagle-eyed plant spotters are encouraged to sign up to the NPMS scheme by picking a square here >
If you took part in this years No Mow May and left an area of your lawn to grow wild year round, you’re helping nature this winter without having to lift a finger! Areas of longer grass left completely unmown from spring to autumn are home to a wider range of wildflowers, and the species that depend on them.
These long grasses left on the edge of your lawn provide valuable feeding material, shelter, and nesting sites for species such as hedgehogs, toads, butterflies and even lizards – connecting them across our landscape.
Read more tips on creating your wildest lawn yet >
Have you been out and about in January and want to share your finds with us?Tag us on social media and let us know what you’ve been up to!
What are we doing to speak up for our wild plants during the nature crisis, and how can you join us on our mission to protect nature?
Here are some ideas of how you can get outside and enjoy wild plants and fungi in January – from your garden to our remotest reserves.
Three Hagges Woodmeadow Site Manager Kara shares what volunteers do, from coppicing to nature surveys, and how you can get involved.
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