Stoat 'dances' on ice

It may be its first ice encounter.. it may just be practicing its summersaults.

Whatever is going on this stoat at the Washington Wetland Centre is certainly having a good time.

The north east centre has been filming the antics of their residents as the cold weather freezes over the water.

And they have offered this top tip:

If you put a floating ball into your pond or bird bath as with wind moves the ball it prevents total freeze over.

Birds, need drinking water but also need water to keep their feathers in condition. Smashing the ice could harm aquatic life.