The New Year saw 2012 named the wettest year on record in England, and it will be interesting to see the impact this will have on wildlife in 2013. It certainly has been wet, but hasn’t been as cold as we might normally expect at this time of year. Despite a few early frosts, we’ve enjoyed an unusually mild December and early January. As a result, we’ve continued to see a number of autumnal species, particularly fungi, flourishing well into winter. As we progress through winter, we’ve had the opportunity to take on new habitat management projects and look forward to the wildlife highlights to come. Find out more about what we’ve been up to and what you might expect.

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In addition to our domestic livestock and pets corner animals, Mudchute is also home to a huge diversity of plants and wildlife. We’re just starting to explore the incredible wildlife of Mudchute Park & Farm and welcome you to take part! Here’s a peek at just some of the stunning plants and animals we’ve encountered around Mudchute! See more on the next page and at our new Wildlife at Mudchute flickr pool. Have you spotted something interesting or unusual at Mudchute? Snap a photo and send it our way. While we can’t guarantee we’ll know what it is, we’ll certainly try to help you with identification!

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