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Spring may still seem a long way off as we battle the windy rainy winter. But Mother Nature is beginning to shine through and there is plenty of beauty to be seen through the cold and grey! February is a great time for wild flowers. Why not head down to your local park or woodland and see if you can spot some? These Wildflowers of Britain and Europe Playing Cards will help you to identify and learn more about the wildflowers you find! Snowdrops    The appropriately named, Snowdrop, can be found in January but peaks in February and March making now...

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Have you signed up for the Big Garden Birdwatch? Did you know that this Friday 28 - Sunday 30 January, you can play an important part in helping the RSPB with their annual Big Garden Birdwatch? And it couldn’t be easier! Simply pick one hour across the weekend and count the birds you see in that time. It’s the perfect excuse to experience fresh air and wildlife this weekend. Set up camp with a PACMAT, grab the binoculars, and see what you can spot!   If you fancy spotting even more creatures, try using a Nature Trail Pocket Pal, available to...

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It can be hard to get outside in the cold weather but imagining watching a breath-taking winter sunset with a warming flask in hand is enough to make the cold toes worth it! The Reluctant Explorers know better than anyone that winter is not the time to abandon the outdoors.  You can find more of their winter picnic inspiration here A winter sunset enjoyed from the comfort of an Animal Alphabet Solo PACMAT   Photo: Sam, The Reluctant Explorers 

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Cucumber Spider These spiders are green all over besides a small red spot on their tail. They can be found up until October in small bushes and hedge rows. They range from 4-6mm long. Jumping SpiderThis spider does not build a web but rather jumps on its prey. They are small (around 4mm) black, shiny and metallic looking - so look out for them shimmering in the autumn sun. Running Crab SpiderRunning Crab Spiders can be found in the UK from April to October in low growing vegetation. They are also small, reaching approximately 5mm in length. Like the jumping...

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  You could grow a horse chestnut tree Place your best conkers in water, these will be the ones that sink and don’t float. Plant your conkers in 2cm of soil or compost. Water and place in a sheltered spot outdoors where they will be safe from predators and extreme frost. Water when necessary but be careful not to overwater The cold winter temperatures will encourage germination in spring. Water your horse chestnut as it grows and re-pot as it gets bigger. Your tree can now be planted elsewhere, ready to grow very large (always seek landowner’s permission) You could get creative with...

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