The weather may be getting warmer, but it seems the rise in temperatures has come too late for some of our wildlife. Animal rescue experts say the extended cold spell has had a devastating impact on many creatures which have perished in the cold.
Dozens of swimmers - many of them dressed as animals - have taken to the freezing waters of the Marine Lake at Clevedon. The New Year dip is something of a tradition in the North Somerset town and this year they were raising money for local wildlife charity Secret World.
Around 30 people, some dressed as animals, went for a New Year's Day dip in marine lake at Clevedon. They were raising money for Secret World charity. Although a sunny day, the temperature of the water was blow 5 degrees.
Badger cull delay: the wildlife campaigners' response
Anti-badger cull campaigners have always claimed the cull was unnecessary and unscientific. David Woodland was with staff at Secret World Animal Sanctuary in Somerset when they heard today's announcement.