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Signs of Spring around the UK

Spring will finally have sprung on the 20th March and fingers crossed the sun will be shining (even if we will lose a bit of sunshine due to the solar eclipse – find out how to make a solar eclipse viewer on our blog!) No matter where you are in the UK there will certainly be some signs that Spring is heading our way…

Scotland

If you find yourself  living or holidaying in Scotland during Springtime you can see some wonderful wildlife making a reappearance. One of the more striking birds are the Slavonian grebe who will be one of the first to be arriving back in March. With their flame like stripes they stand out against greenery of the Loch Ruthven nature reserve which is the best place to find these little birds.

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A slavonian grebe which can be found in Scotland

Northumberland 

Park Ranger Steve, who is at our Haggerston Castle park said the main thing to look out for, and what Northumberland is actually famous for, is the Bluebells that pop  up. ‘The common Bluebell is found mostly in the UK, around 50% in fact and it actually protected over here. Between mid-April and mid-May is the best time to see the Bluebell and a Allen Banks and Staward Gorge in Northumberland is the go to place!’

(source telegraph.co.uk)

(source telegraph.co.uk)

Yorkshire

Not many people will look out for this sign but ‘Bear Wills’ who is the Park Ranger at our Primrose Valley park in North Yorkshire says he always knows Spring is on his way when he says ladybirds coming out. ‘Spring normally starts in the South West of the country then works its way up to us here in Yorkshire.’

look out for that shiny red shell says Will!

look out for that shiny red shell says Will!

Lincolnshire

Snowdrops may appear in January now due to the change in our climate but they are still considered a sign of Spring and Woodland Trust reported having Snowdrops growing in their Belton House in Lincolnshire late January.

(source woodlandtrust.co.uk)

(source woodlandtrust.co.uk)

Dorset

Brownsea Island, located in Poole, is one of the best places to see the rare red squirrel. Although the red squirrel doesn’t actual hibernate as such, it becomes much more active as the weather gets warmer.

(source geograph.co.uk)

(source geograph.co.uk)

Devon

As well as daffodils springing into action the cherry trees at Dartmoor are also coming to life. Around Springtime the cherry trees start to come into leaf.

Have you seen the  red berries yet?

Have you seen the red berries yet?

Wales

See Wales’ national flower in its birthplace, the quiet woodlands. Visit Wales suggests Coed Y Bwl as one of the best places to see this bright flower that certainly means warmer weather is on its way.

(source visitwales.co.uk)

(source visitwales.co.uk)

Here are just a handful of the signs of Spring around the UK – we’d love to know what lets you know Spring is on its way!  Let us know in the comments below.

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