There are few more joyous sights than the first pearl-white snowdrops of the year. They burst through the frost-hardened ground, glistening with dew, and offer promise of the spring to come.

The change in Yorkshire seasons is also heralded each year by the bubbling cry of the curlew – a distinctive call commonly heard across the Dales and moors. But the curlew is in severe decline, and this month we look at its future and at efforts to ensure it remains in its northern heartlands.

Spring might be just around the corner but winter may yet hit us with some final flourishes, particularly on the higher ground.

So, we’ve been to meet Rodney Beresford, one of the unsung heroes of the Dales – it is he who drives those snowploughs and gritters that keep the roads open at this time of year.

Let’s hope there’s more snowdrops than snow this February!


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This month’s great features

True Yorkshire grit
Tony Greenbank meets a Dales snowplough driver

Call of the curlew
Fears for the future of an icon of the Yorkshire countryside

The pity of war
Great War poet Wilfred Owen and his Yorkshire inspirations

Valentine’s tragedy
The story of a dreadful mill blaze 200 years ago

Different strokes
What makes Gordale Scar campsite unique

Carriage flock
A Thirsk man’s rather unusual collection

Talking Yorkshire
Interview with Blue Peter and Strictly star Mark Curry

Chainsaw masterpiece
Sebastian Oake meets a man who turns tree trunks into works of art

Guided walk
Take a stroll around Meltham &  Harden Moss

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