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What to see in January

At this time of year much of the countryside is quiet. The fields are too wet for tractors to work on or for cattle to graze. Sheep donít damage wet ground like heavier cattle do and so they may stay out in the fields all winter. These sheep are grazing a crop of fodder rape grown specially to feed them in the winter.

A field of stubble - that is, a field that has been left unploughed after the cereal harvest - provides an excellent winter feeding ground for farmland wildlife. Birds like rooks, starlings, pigeons and pheasants feast on seeds, worms, spiders and beetles. To read more, click here.

In the west of the county fields of daffodils are being harvested. The daffodils are picked by hand before the bud opens into flower so that by the time you buy them and take them home they are ready to open up.

A warm bowl of porridge is a good way to start the day on a cold morning. Some of the oats grown in Cornwall go to make porridge. Some are used as animal feed.

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