Top things to do in Spring

  1. On mild spring days watch out for the early rise of bumble bees as they look for fresh flowers to feed on
  2. Watch for reed and sedge warblers in amongst the reeds and ditches
  3. Keep an eye out for southern marsh orchids coming into bloom

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Spot a variety of beautiful butterflies as you walk through the orchid trail.
  2. Walk through flower rich meadows with species like red clover, broad-leaved everlasting pea and birds-foot trefoil
  3. If you're willing to get up close to have a look, rare bees abound including shrill carder bee and brown-banded carder bee

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Hear green woodpecker calling from the trees
  2. Watch for flocks of goldfinch feeding on seed heads
  3. Look out for fungi as you stroll along the trails

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Hedgerow birds including wrens, goldfinches, blue tits and great tits
  2. Watch as thrushes, fieldfares and redwing take their lunch on the hawthorn and other berry laden bushes
  3. Keep an eye out for the secretive stoat, sneaking about on the hunt for mice and voles

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