Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.
The garden really springs into life at this time of year. Bulbs burst into bloom, and later in the season you can enjoy the scent of apple blossom. It's also a great time to see kingfishers - listen for their high-pitched whistles and watch out as they whizz past at high speed! Or look carefully along the riverbank and see if you can spot one poised to dive in for a fish.
The wildflowers we've planted attract loads of butterflies and other insects, which in turn are good news for the local birds! You can enjoy watching lots of common garden birds here which benefit from our wildlife-friendly gardening techniques. At the water's edge, see if you can spot dragonflies zooming about, mating and laying their eggs. They're great fun to watch.
Autumn brings new splashes of colour, with leaves changing to oranges, yellows and browns. As you walk around, watch out for toadstools poking through the leaf litter or growing on dead wood. And in the trees and bushes, you could see redwings gobbling down berries, or goldcrests flitting around for tiny insects. Both these birds will have flown across the North Sea to spend winter here where it's warmer.
Watch out for roving family flocks of long-tailed tits. If you stand still and quiet, they can sometimes come really close to you - a magical experience. Listen for their soft calls, which sound a bit like someone blowing a raspberry. Chattering yellow and black siskins feed high up in the trees, or sometimes on the feeders. And at the end of winter, will you spot the first snowdrops of the year?