It’s that time of year again – the flowers are in bloom; the birds are nesting and the sun is making a more frequent appearance over the coming months. Spring has arrived (finally) after one of the coldest winters we’ve had in years. We can bet you have been waiting eagerly for the warmer weather.
A change of season also means a change of wildlife, and with so many animals, creatures and plants growing and developing we thought it would be best to research what to look out for over the Spring on the South Coast of the UK.
There are so many animals and wildlife to keep an eye out for along our great British coast. Our most common and frequently seen bird along the coast is the Herring Gull, which is most commonly known as a Sea Gull. You can often hear them before you see them, as their cries are loud and repetitive. Keep an eye on your fish and chips though as they aren’t shy, and can often be seen spying on tourists’ food!
Other birds that can be spotted along the Southern British coast are Black Headed Gulls and Oyster Catchers, who surprisingly do not eat oysters! Their diet predominantly includes cockles and muscles.
Have you ever seen a real live Dolphin before? Well you won’t have to venture far to spot one! Our very own British coast is home to many Common and Bottlenose Dolphins, so next time you pop down to South Wales, Cornwall or Devon, keep an eye out for our marine mammals.
More common creatures of coastal wildlife include Barnacles, Limpets and Crabs. Barnacles can attach themselves to any rock, shell or nearby object and stay fixed there for the rest of their lives. They can be often spotted on crabs, boats and rocks. These creatures can be found when visiting rock pools along rocky coastlines, so be sure to take a fishing net next time your down by the South Coast.
Flowers in Bloom
In the Springtime, a lot of flowers are in bloom and ready to be pollinated by bumble bees and butterflies. A flower that is an icon of spring is the Daffodil, which is also quite common around our coastlines. Other springtime flowers include Bluebells and Snowdrops, both of which are commonly found in orchards.
Local Inland Wildlife
Keep an eye out for foxes, rabbits, badgers and barn owls. Although they are common inland, they also reside alongside the coast in grassy landscapes and local towns by the sea. Because of the season, there is a likely chance of spotting baby animals, such as lambs, calves or, if you keep your eyes peeled, nesting birds in shrubberies. If you want to have a woodland creature nesting in your own creation, pop down to our Nest Box Activity on one of our parks, where you’ll get the chance to build a box suitable for bats or birds to call their home.
So, next time you have a gorgeous sunny weekend, head out to the South Coast and take a look at all the springtime wildlife that’s out and about this season!