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Signs of spring

When nature starts to wake up from its long winter sleep, make sure you're outside to see it!

The signs of spring's arrival can form wonderful memories of nature as a youngster and make it exciting to see and hear them every year.

 

Fresh green growth pushing through the soil, bumblebees emerging and, of course, bluebells creating a stunning blue carpet in woodland glades.

 

As well as a time of new growth, it's also mating season for many animals and this results in some bizarre behaviour! If you're a budding photographer or filmographer, you could even capture the arrival of spring on film.

 

In fact, it's a great season for photographers generally. Take a picture that really sums up spring for you. If you're under 19, you can even submit it to this year's WildPix competition.

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What you will need

Looking out for signs of spring is easy! You just need to keep your eyes peeled as nature starts to wake up from its winter slumber.

To keep a record of signs of spring, all you need are:

Robin in spring

Step-by-step guide

Print out our Springo Bingo sheet.

  1. Find a spot near you where nature is ready to burst into life, a woodland, local park, perhaps even your garden.
  2. Tick off the things you see as you go along.
  3. If you're skillful and fortunate enough to see everything on the list be sure to shout 'springo!'
  4. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo or a piece of writing or art about what you saw.
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Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of what you saw while on the lookout for signs of spring! Alternatively, draw or paint what you saw or upload a piece of writing - such as a spring diary - talking about your experience.

Get snap happy

Capture wildlife in action or an image that perfectly sums up springtime for you. Here are some top tips on snapping spring wildlife from award-winning nature photographer Ben Andrew.

  1. If you live anywhere near farmland, finding fields which contain brown hares should be a priority. Early spring is best, when you can catch hares' mating behaviour (males chasing females and 'boxing') before crops grow too high and wildlife becomes harder to spot.
  2. Keep your eyes peeled at your local pond for frog or toad mating balls. Keep an eye and ear out for typical behaviour and once you've found a suitable spot you can capture some great images. Try thinking outside the box - can you photograph from above or underwater using a waterproof housing?
  3. Be creative! Using a slow shutter speed and slowly panning up and down can turn a normal woodland photograph into something far more interesting. You could also try laying down flat on the ground and taking pictures of trees or a woodland canopy from below.
  4. Use the light! Making the best use of available light is particularly important when taking pictures of wildlife on water (spring is a great time to capture great-crested grebes performing their courtship display). To do this, work out where and when the early morning and late afternoon light hits the water. This is the best time of photography and you don't want to miss it!
  5. Don't forget to send us a photo of your springtime pictures!
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