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.