Signs of spring


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Signs of spring

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There are bluebells galore at over twenty of our reserves. Come and lose yourself in a fragrant purple haze.

Did you know we manage an organic farm at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys? Come and meet our newborn lambs at special events on the farm. Alternatively, go to Saltholme in Cleveland and meet our new Shetland lambs. I challenge you not to fall in love with these fluffy emblems of spring. Baaa!

As you may have noticed, birds are waking up early – so why not join them? We’re running dawn chorus events at Minsmere and Snape in Suffolk, and at Coombes Valley in Staffordshire. Find out more about birdsong and let us guide you through their melodies. Snape offers a fry-up afterwards.

If you’d rather avoid an early start, you can enjoy some fantastic birdsong on your own by taking a stroll around many of our reserves. Here are our top five to enjoy spring songs:

Top Lodge, Northamptonshire

Nagshead, Gloucestershire

Arne, Dorset

Conwy, near Snowdonia

Insh Marshes, Highland

On warm days there’s a good chance of seeing butterflies across the UK – here are our top spots for butterflies.

Natterjack toads
You can usually find frogspawn in your local park or garden pond, but you don’t often get the chance to see or hear natterjack toads. They are rare in Britain, and very noisy – you can hear the males from several kilometres away! If you live in Dumfries and Galloway, Flintshire or Bedfordshire why not pop along to our reserves that have these special toads?

Black grouse
Love is in the air. Now is the time when the males hit the dance floor and strut their funky stuff to woo the females. Corrimony in the Highlands are running black grouse safaris in May where you can get a glimpse into this usually hidden world. We’re also running a Date With Nature in North Wales in April and May, where you can join us for black grouse walks. 

  • The first Swallow of the season - seen near Castle Howard in North Yorkshire on 18th April perching on a phone wire.