Spring

Cheshire Life - - Wildlife -

This sea­son could be seen as the most ex­cit­ing. Many birds are re­turn­ing to the UK to breed and it can feel that ev­ery day there is some­thing new to add to your spot­ting book.

Our wood­lands come into their own at this time of year from yel­low prim­roses and wild daf­fodils through to car­pets of blue­bells. Ev­ery­thing seems to be grow­ing and start­ing anew.

At the start of May, Dawn Cho­rus day is marked and wow, what a cel­e­bra­tion of bird song that is! A joy­ous day for try­ing to learn bird song – look out for Cheshire Wildlife Trust events if you don’t mind an early start. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed.

Meres and ponds come alive too and are a per­fect lo­ca­tion for spot­ting court­ing grebes per­form­ing their elab­o­rate dance, or newts, frogs and toads vis­it­ing the wa­ter to spawn.

It’s also the chance to see the first moths and but­ter­flies of the sea­son. I look for­ward to what my first sight­ing of the year will be. It’s not al­ways a brim­stone, as you might ex­pect. In fact the warm weather in 2018 acted like a call­out for but­ter­flies with nu­mer­ous species all tak­ing to the wing at once.

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