Spring is one of the best times to spot wildlife as birds come home from their winter breaks, small mammals come out of hibernation and new life begins again.
Here are some of our wildlife hotspots, but we’d love to know where you’ve been spotting signs of spring and what you’ve seen.
Coming home for spring
Migrant birds flock to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire in the spring. Cuckoos, swallows and house martins grace the skies, while on the waters, ducklings and goslings are hatching and the courtship display by the great crested grebe is not to be missed.
Join the Shropshire team at Dudmaston Estate as they go on Grebe Watch to monitor when the young have hatched and how they are getting on.
Longshaw Estate in the Peak District welcomes hundreds of African visitors in the spring, from pied flycatchers down at Padley Gorge to swallows swooping round the tea-room. You will also hear the haunting cry of the curlew as they return from the coastline to nest on the hillsides.
Listen out for the grouse
Head to the top of the Shropshire hills at Carding Mill Valley and the Dark Peak area of the Peak District in Derbyshire as ground bird nesting season begins, listen out for the distinctive call of the red grouse.
Don’t forget to look up
Soaring the Northamptonshire skies and playing in the thermals around Lyveden New Bield you will see the graceful and beautiful red kites.
Join us for the dawn chorus
The sound of the dawn chorus can be truly mesmerising. Join our experts at Canons Ashby, Coughton Court (26 April) and Hanbury Hall (6 and 13 April) on a dawn walk and learn how to identify all participants in the avian orchestra.