It always amazes me what can survive the sort of weather we've been having lately. Small birds suffer in harsh winters, and invertebrates are at risk of freezing solid. In Yorkshire we've had a good 8-10 inches of snow, temperatures down to -12C, and snow lying solidly for about two weeks. You've seen the pictures, so you know what it's been like. Now, I can quite happily understand how things survive underground, or in warm bits like decaying planty stuff, but you'd think that small creatures living exposed to the elements would have a hard time of it. A well-known method of killing insects for entomological research is to freeze them, after all.
So, just as it was getting dark today, I went out into the garden to beat the Leylandii hedge with a box, to see what was lurking on it. The results from an truly minuscule amount of looking are as follows: