A Happy New Year to everyone. The sun never reached Gilfach today and the trees stayed white with frost throughout. There's a lot of otter activity on the Marteg, judging by the number of spraints and footprints I'm finding, but apart from that, the only life on the river seems to be the ever present dipper. Lately I always manage to flush a woodcock or two as I walk around the reserve. The first I know of them is the flutter of wings as they get up a few feet away. I've never managed to spot one on the ground.