A Week on the Estate: Dreich Days, Huddling Ladybirds & Stories Wanted
Winter has arrived right on time, giving us dark, dreich weather with single-digit temperatures and a little less than eight hours of daylight at the time of writing. By the time the solstice comes around on 21st December, we’ll be down to 7.5 hours of daylight.
As if we didn’t already know it, a scrum of ladybirds discovered under a joint in a fencepost are a good indicator of falling temperatures. To endure the worst of winter, ladybirds are known to huddle together in south-facing, sheltered spots where they become torpid until the weather turns again. They may have to wait until April for their next meal.