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How British wildlife greeted the warmest winter on record – Paul Ashton

Warm, wet weather will help some species like rushes, but hedgehogs may re-emerge too early in the year and find their usual prey is absent, writes Paul Ashton.

Written on the final, frozen day of 1900, Thomas Hardy’s poem The Darkling Thrush describes a harsh, ice-blasted landscape devoid of life.

  • The Scotsman

Hardy’s depiction of a time “when frost was spectre-gray” evokes a winter that is beginning to exist only in memory.

The winter of 2019-2020 was fundamentally different from anything experienced in the northern hemisphere over a century ago.

With its record…

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