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Spring Wildlife

Monday, 6th April 2020

During these uncertain times, it is easy to forget that outside in the natural world spring is still doing its thing
Spring is the time of year when everything is bursting into life and growing, leaves are starting to unfurl, butterflies make an appearance on warmer days, mammals awaken from hibernation and birds start to sing.

Traditionally the months of March, April and May herald spring, and we can welcome the days lengthening and a change in animal behaviour.
 
Spring hedge

Nature is at its busiest in spring; the time brings many changes in the natural world, and for many species finding a mate and successfully breeding is the top priority.

Listed below are our top four things to look out for this season:

Spring can be seen in a hedge. Watch out for buds and fresh green leaves appearing. Hawthorn is one of our favourites, their creamy white flowers should appear in April and May.

Queen bumblebees can often be seen on a warm day in March. These successful queen bees have survived winter and will be on the lookout for pollen and nectar from spring flowers.

Toads and frogs are one of the first signs of spring that you may find. Toads travel at night when it’s cool and damp and will travel a long way to find a suitable pond. If you have a pond, then you may be lucky enough to awaken and find frogspawn.

One of the most enjoyable signs of spring, and one we have a particular interest in, is bird migration. Chiffchaffs, wheatears, cuckoos, swifts and swallows all appear this month – and for many of us, are a very welcome sign that spring and indeed summer is on its way.
 
Swallows

There are also activities that you can do this season to connect with nature; birdsong and spring go together like strawberries and cream. Why not get up early one morning and listen to the dawn chorus – you won’t be disappointed. A blackbird singing at dawn is a sound to behold.

Plant seeds, especially wildflower ones like cornflowers and sweet william. By doing this you will hopefully attract bees and butterflies into your garden during the warm summer months. Bees are important pollinators and pollinate many crops, flowers and fruit.

Even though we may be isolated and our world small at the moment there is still plenty of natural wonders to enjoy.


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