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Winter wildlife in the Borders

Even though it may look quiet out there on the wildlife front - don't be fooled! Get yourself suited 'n' booted and check out the amazing things you

can see and find in January.

Even at this time of year, the area near my home in the beautiful Scottish

Borders is full of wildlife and there's no shortage of things to see.

Here are just a few of the things I've spotted this month...

* a red squirrel with a mouthful of moss - this indicates they are preparing

their dreys - or nests;

* salmon leaping in the air on the river Liddle;

* otters playing on the muddy banks after heavy rainfall.


* When the ground is covered in a blanket of snow - remember to put some

food out for the birds. Suet balls are great as they provide fuel to get the birds through tough wintry/wet and dreary days.

* And if you haven't already done it - clean out last year's nesting boxes, as

the birds will be starting to check out this year's perfect home to lay their eggs

in the months to come.

I hope you enjoy my red squirrel and robin paintings - and the photographs which were all taken near my home.

Please come back and visit again next month to find out what wildlife riches February has to offer.


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