Now it's winter the cold weather has arrived, lots of animals are sleeping underground and many birds have flown south for the winter. But there is still a lot of wonderful wildlife to see at this time of year.
So wrap up warm and get out onto the National Cycle Network for a wintery wildlife hunt. It's a great way to keep kids active and healthy all year round.
Mistletoe flourishes in the Midlands and the Welsh borders, although it can grow in parks and gardens in other parts of the country too.
The Lias Line between Leamington Spa and Rugby is often a good place to spot this pretty plant.
Holly is commonly found in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, especially in oak and beech woodland. The National Trust property of Knighthayes has acres of parkland and woodland, so it's a great place to find this prickly plant.
The Tiverton to Bampton route takes you very close to the property.
The York to Beningbrough route takes you to the fantastic Beningbrough Hall which has 370 acres of beautiful and fascinating parkland with walking trails that are great to spot wildlife, especially barn owls, tawny owls and little owls.
Attingham Park is an 18th century mansion managed by the National Trust in Shropshire which is just off National Route 45 near Shrewsbury. During winter there are swathes of snowdrops that carpet the woodland floor.
Its semi-natural ancient woodlands are some of the finest in Britain and are SSSIs (sites of special scientific interest).
Throughout the winter months, hundreds of thousands of starlings come together in huge clouds, swooping in unison. You can see this jaw-dropping wildlife spectacle, known as a 'murmuration', at many RSPB sites.
Bewick's swans arrive in the UK in mid-October after breeding in Siberia. They spend the winter here before leaving in March and are mainly found in eastern England, around the Severn estuary and in Lancashire.
Across the UK in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens you’ll see red breasted robins. Try the 10 mile Nutbrook Trail which takes you through the beautiful 700 acre Shipley Country Park in Derbyshire.