Never has character been additional vital to our wellbeing than now, during yet a further type of lockdown at the finish of this challenging calendar year of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It can be not doable for anyone to get out and about and just take in the flora and fauna regionally, but a photograph can be the upcoming finest matter – and no one does that better than the Stortford Character Facebook team.

We invited associates to deliver us a photograph on the theme of “Character at Xmas”, to be taken inside a five-mile radius of Bishop’s Stortford on any day concerning Xmas Eve and Sunday (Dec 27).

Swans at Southmill Lock on the River Stort at dusk on Xmas Eve by Mariko Ward, of Bishop’s Stortford

We’ve picked the finest to surface as a double-site distribute in this week’s (Dec 30) version of the Bishop’s Stortford Impartial – and below they are, as well, with a several additional that failed to pretty make it into print.

Even though most of the images were taken out and about at areas including the River Stort, Grange Paddocks, Thorley Wash Character Reserve, Hatfield Forest and Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth, a pair of the photographers were ready to undertaking no even more than their very own back again gardens to join with character.

Most of the photographs are of birds ­– and what a assorted collection they are, showcasing a kingfisher, buzzard, minimal egret, stonechat, herons, swans, goldfinches and robins, including a basic shot of a spherical robin on a snow-topped fence on Xmas Day. The ages of the ten photographers highlighted in our image gallery vary from fourteen to eighty one.