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One of my local walks is along the old branch line through the Kennet meadows from Southcote to Coley.
You can tell that winter is officially here as all the winter birds have arrived.
The meadows in Coley and Southcote are rarely visited, except for the few paths that cross them. In between lie large areas of meadow that are quite difficult to explore.
Once a year I do a bird-watching race that involves me chasing around Berkshire on a bike, looking for birds.
You may have seen the story earlier this week about waxwings outside the Reading Post offices.
At last there is water flowing through town. There is a flood warning on the Thames and the Kennet is a swollen angry torrent.
This weekend is the weekend of the Big Garden Birdwatch.
The signs of spring are here. The days are noticeably longer, there are green shoots poking through the soil and the birds have started singing in earnest.
After what seems like forever, we now have lots of flowers blooming around town, crocus, snowdrops and aconites, and for a few days at least it was warm and sunny too.
I will almost be sorry to see winter go. I have got used to the cold and the wind, and I really enjoy the wildlife that comes here for the cold season.