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January and February are generally the coldest months of the year. The lengthening daylight hours and slight upturn in the temperature during February provoke the first of the spring plants to break into flower whilst leaves of numerous other plants start to appear from beneath the leaf litter. The most vivid colour in the Dorset hedgerows a strident yellow coming from the Common Gorse (or Furze) but by far and away the most attractive plants of February are the many clumps of delicate white Snowdrops.
Rain showers are frequent during January and February, creating conditions well suited to small fungi and lichens.