This winter seems to have lasted forever, and signs of spring have been few.
Last week I went to Brandon Marsh, near Coventry, hoping to watch some early bird breeding behaviour, but even though the day was sunny, it was still cold, and most of the birds were sheltering from the wind.
Buds on trees and bushes are still tightly shut, and only one very small clump of primroses showed its face.
At least the robins were active, and there were several males posturing and fighting for territory, and singing lustily on their patches.
I'm sure I shall be using this sight to develop some work quite soon.
I also saw several moles, digging around in the leaf litter busily, but only caught a glimpse of their faces very briefly.