If you have been living in the UK you will know we have just endured one of the longest cold periods in recent history. It was really starting to feel like a mini Ice Age!
Thankfully, as I write, this appears to have passed, but did make me wander as I was out and about how this was affecting our country's flora and fauna.
So, continuing on our 'outdoors' blogs as we are finally heading into weather where it is more of a pleasure to get out and about, we checked out what the conservation charity Woodland Trust had to say about it.
A significant impact
The Woodland Trust have something the call Nature's Calendar which, when they look back over its records, indicate the freezing temperatures have had a big impact on wildlife health.
What they detect is that the usual early indicators that spring is on its way have not been apparent compared to emergence times in 2012.
For example, sightings of certain butterflies and ladybirds are way behind in the north of the UK as well as trees not showing their early signs of buds.
What's more, the health of hibernating animals like hedgehogs would ordinarily we waking from their slumbers have raised concerns.
This is because, before they hibernate, they eat more to build up reserves of fat - if they have to remain hibernating for longer periods than can sustain this they suffer the threat of death.
Hibernating bats are also affected as they rely on the right numbers of insect populations to be available for food. The temperatures have been to low to generate the insects so if the bats to come out of hibernation they will find they face starvation.