Winter birds and first Primrose

15/01/16  As I walked through the small wood beyond the pond on the 1066 Path – Sprays Bridge towards Brede, I got a close view of a Treecreeper. A Buzzard was circling & calling overhead.

I crossed the road to the 1066 Path which goes towards the A21. In the field to the right of the path there was a flock of at least 12 Redwings.  This was my first sighting of these birds this winter. There were also two Mistle Thrushes. Their chests looked golden in the beautiful winter sunshine.

When I reached the footbridge I saw my first Primrose of the year. It was at the base of a tree to the right of the bridge.


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  1. Do you know if primrose flower before cowslips?

    • Hi Helen, yes Primrose is usually starting to appear In Feb, through to late spring, sometimes even in Dec / Jan as this winter. Cowslip flowering season tends to start 2 or 3 weeks later in my experience, though there’s always the odd plant that comes out very early and bucks the trend! Hope that helps, Ralph

      • Thank you, Ralph. I noticed primrose out in December in Bruges and mine came out a bit later. The cowslips are just coming into their own now in my garden – and the primrose look spectacular. So, with your help I think I’ve sorted out what’s going on!

  2. Sounds like you’ve cracked it Helen 🙂


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