Spring wildlife at Roseberry Topping

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Spring is probably the most exciting time for wildlife at Roseberry Topping.

In the woods migrant warblers such as chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap complete their incredible migrations from Africa to join the resident species in filling the air with song.

The sparse trees on Roseberry’s lower slopes hide shy garden warblers and whitethroats while tree pipits perform their parachuting display flights. Higher up you may be lucky enough to spot small flocks of ring ouzels returning to the moors from their wintering grounds and wheatears foraging close to the dry stone walls.

By May the woods are awash with wildflowers. Bluebells carpet many parts of the wood sometimes interspersed with the white flowers of greater stitchwort. In damper areas wild garlic fills the air with its unmistakable aroma. Patches of delicate wood anemone can be found in sunny patches.

Why not plan to make a trip this spring and see for yourself.