With Spring in the air, nature has suddenly burst into life. Daffodils have spread across the grass verges, gardens and woodlands, bringing their cheerful yellow promise of Spring. This is the best time of the year to keep an eye out on the local nature around you as animals are most active around this time of the year. There is plenty to keep an eye out for especially if you know where to look and what to look for…
As the garden starts to come into bloom you may start to notice the bumblebees. The first bees that you see on the warmer days in March are those that have survived the harsh winter and are now seeking the sweet nectar from the Spring flowers. These are the Queen bees, who will go on to establish their own nests in the Summer.
If you are lucky enough to have a garden pond, then you will be in for a treat in the Spring as the frogs and toads gather to mate. You will hear them croaking loudly, calling to potential mates, and if you gently look underneath leave in the pond, you will see some jelly-like spawn waiting to hatch. Tadpoles are fascinating to watch, and they will return to the pond where they were born the following Spring to lay spawn of their own.
This is the ideal time of the year to be out In the garden with all that is going on – Cotswold Shepherd huts from http://www.cotswoldshepherdshuts.co.uk/ make a wonderful addition to the garden, allowing you to be closer to nature. If you are a keen gardener, this is the time of year that you will start to enjoy your gardening again as you get to see the full beauty of all that hard work!
Birds are another delightful visitor to the garden and Spring is the best time to hear the dawn chorus – from around the time the clocks go forward in late March, you will notice that the birdsong at dawn becomes louder – this is the sound of the garden birds calling to potential mates. Attract the birds to your garden by putting up a bird table and a bird bath – they will be looking for food to care for their young. Also place some nest boxes in safe locations – high up in trees and on high fence posts are perfect as they will be safer from local cats and squirrels.