Our top spots for signs of spring

The gardens and countryside we look after are full of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the colour and vibrancy of spring. Listen to birds chirping and bees buzzing, see hares ‘boxing’ and the first lambs and smell the scents of spring blooms and wild garlic.

We’ve chosen some of our favourite signs of spring and the best places to spot them:

A sheep and its newly-born lamb in the lambing shed

Places you can see lambs 

New-born lambs are a great family favourite, emerging on unsteady legs at farms across the country. Lambs are one of the first and most eagerly awaited signs of spring so set out on a family walk and see how many you can find.

The gardens in the spring at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Places to see bluebells 

Bluebells are a celebrated sign of Spring. Find out where you can find bluebells at a National Trust woodland, garden or park near you.

Children walking through a daffodil filled garden at a National Trust site

Places to see Daffodils 

The delightful daffodil is Britain’s quintessential spring flower. Find them at our places across the UK.

A child taking a close look at the spring blossom

Places you can see blossom 

Our orchards and gardens are full of blossom this spring time. Pay a visit to one of our places to see the spectacular display.

Honey bee feeding on nectar rich plant

Places you can see Bees 

The variety of flowers on offer in spring is irresistible for bees, and they rely heavily on flower nectar in the early part of the season.

Wicken Fen - Male bearded tit with fledglings

Places you can hear birdsong 

The return of birdsong and the dawn chorus is a sure sign that spring is on the way. Take a trip to some of these places to hear the local songbird populations in full voice.

Hare eating grass, Orford Ness

Places to see boxing hares 

One of the great sights of spring is the so-called ‘mad March hare’. These usually shy and reclusive creatures can be spotted ‘boxing’ in open fields throughout the mating season.

Rooks flying above trees that contain rook nests

Places you can see rooks 

One of the earliest and finest signs of spring is a rook with nest building material held in its beak. You can spot colonies of rooks – known as rookeries – in the tree tops across Britain, with eggs appearing around early March.

A detailed close up of Magnolia Mollicomata in flower

Places you can see Magnolias 

These goblet or star-shaped flowers are much admired spring icons, and for good reason. Ranging in colour from pure white to deepest purple, they fill the spring air with a gorgeous scent.

Inside of the Orangery cafe at Ham House

Spring flavours in our cafes 

Expect to enjoy a riot of spring flavours in National Trust cafes and restaurants with colourful mixes of seasonal veg making their way from plot to plate. Enjoy homemade scones, soups and salads from regional produce.

Path through the woodland garden at Newark Park, Gloucestershire

Places where wild garlic grows 

Wild garlic is abundant in springtime and the leaves have a lovely mild garlic flavour. Take a look at where you can find wild garlic growing near you.