Dave Dawson’s natural history notes for 15th February 2017:-

Many resident birds were in full song: Blue and Great tits, Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Robins, Song thrushes, Stock doves, Woodpigeons and Wrens. The 35 Robins were the third highest February count in the last 30 years. The 7 Song thrushes were the highest February number since the late 90s, suggesting some recovery of numbers since the minimum in the mid 2000s. Great spotted woodpeckers were drumming in both Ashen Grove and Horse Close Woods. The first signs of spring included fresh leaves of Cuckoo pint and Cow parsley, catkins on Hazel and Dog’s mercury in flower. The mercury can be seen behind the pillar on the north edge of the Wimbledon Park Road car park. Strangely, there seem to be few or no flowers on the Sweet violet on the southern edge of Horse Close Wood. In the hedgerow by the tube embankment the first Snowdrops are now out and just a few early daffodils.