Wintry weather has dominated the headlines for much of the past week. Snow has been unusually widespread across the UK - even the Isles of Scilly got a dusting.
Thankfully, the snowfall wasn’t particularly severe in our neck of the woods - about 12cm according to the Weston Park Weather Station - but it was still enough to cause transport chaos, school closures, etc.
On the positive side, the snow provided plenty of opportunities for photography. I was able get out and capture some winter landscapes in the countryside on Sheffield's western fringes.
Closer to home, the harsh weather brought a variety of birds to the feeding station outside our kitchen window. The most frequent visitors were blackbirds, robins, blue tits and a solitary wren (which, size for size, must have the biggest appetite).
More exotic visitors included several bullfinches. Although we see these colourful birds in our garden fairly often, they do not normally venture so close to the house.
Early on Tuesday morning I spotted a tiny wood mouse nibbling a seed under the bird feeders. I came across the tracks of several other wild mammals in the snow whilst I was out and about in the countryside. Badgers seem to have been particularly active, digging snuffle holes in the frozen ground. I also found a possible set of roe deer tracks near Agden Reservoir - I must keep an eye out for other signs of deer activity around there.