You may, or may not, have heard of the Collar Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) which started off as a resident of India and then decided to take over the world. It started spreading outwards and reached Britain in 1955 breeding in North Norfolk for the first time. We certainly see it in our garden, frequently in considerable numbers, and they are often to be seen sunning themselves in the morning in one of our trees.

The weather recently has been pleasantly mild and sunny for February although we have had a slight frost in the early morning. I understand that the average temperatures for January were the highest since 1916.

So before people out there start jumping up and down and screaming “Global warming” remember that the temperatures were as high in 1916 and there wasn’t anything like as much air pollution then – very, very few cars for example.

We are hoping to go out soon ‘Wild Snowdrop’ spotting. I’ll let you know if we see any.