Mother Nature at Father Christmas time in the Bishop’s Stortford area

Never ever has character been a lot more critical to our wellbeing than now, for the duration of yet another kind of lockdown at the conclude of this complicated 12 months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It can be not probable for everyone to get out and about and consider in the flora and fauna domestically, but a photo can be the up coming best factor – and no 1 does that far better than the Stortford Mother nature Facebook group.

We invited members to ship us a photo on the concept of “Mother nature at Xmas”, to be taken inside of a five-mile radius of Bishop’s Stortford on any working day between Xmas Eve and Sunday (Dec 27).

Swans at Southmill Lock on the River Stort at dusk on Christmas Eve by Mariko Ward, of Bishop’s Stortford
Swans at Southmill Lock on the River Stort at dusk on Xmas Eve by Mariko Ward, of Bishop’s Stortford

We’ve preferred the best to appear as a double-site unfold in this week’s (Dec 30) version of the Bishop’s Stortford Independent – and right here they are, far too, with a couple of a lot more that didn’t fairly make it into print.

Even though most of the photos were taken out and about at locations including the River Stort, Grange Paddocks, Thorley Clean Mother nature Reserve, Hatfield Forest and Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth, a few of the photographers were able to enterprise no more than their have again gardens to connect with character.

Most of the pics are of birds ­– and what a diverse assortment they are, showcasing a kingfisher, buzzard, small egret, stonechat, herons, swans, goldfinches and robins, including a classic shot of a spherical robin on a snow-topped fence on Xmas Working day. The ages of the ten photographers showcased in our picture gallery range from fourteen to eighty one.