The vergetarians amongst you will want to be out foraging this month for the deliciously sour baby leaves of wild sorrel Rumex acetosa (oseille in French) in damp rich grassland such as bocage or on river banks and water meadows. Their distinctive arrowhead shape makes them easy to identify.
If you encounter a little group of black spiky caterpillars with red heads, all huddled together in a web near a Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata, rejoice, for you have found a little group of baby Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxa butterflies. They live communally through the winter for protection and warmth, and Ribwort Plantain is their host plant.cranes (grues in French) should start to pass through sometime this month. They are easy to spot, as they make a real racket as they fly along, calling to one another constantly. Keep your eyes peeled for flocks of storks too. They take similar migratory paths, but are not seen so often because they fly silently.
If you have orchids growing in grass that you mow, consider marking them now with stakes so you don't cut them off before they can flower. The one below is a leaf rosette of a Lady Orchid Orchis purpurea (orchis pourpre in French) in our orchard, and it and several other species will be well visible in February.European Wall Lizards Podarcis muralis will be active in gardens on bright sunny days...
...but on the other hand, it might snow!