Wildlife

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Spring birds

Crossbills resting in a tree in Clumber Park credit Andrew Chick

It's the season when both resident and summer visiting birds are singing to advertise for a mate and then hold territory.

Listen out for red grouse, curlew or the rarer male ring ouzel in the Peak District and Clent Hills.

Will you spot the smaller tree pipits, red starts or flocks of crossbills as seen at Clumber Park recently?
 

Spring mammals

This is one of the few places in England where you may see a mountain hare

As the weather starts to warm up, mammals start to head out of hibernation or become easier to spot.

Wenlock Edge is one of the best spots to try and see a dormouse, or for the chance to see the mountain hares as they change colour head to the Peak District.

Keep a lookout at dusk as the bats start to emerge again.

 

Butterflies

Beautiful butterflies start to emerge in mid Spring

As the weather starts to warm up, beautiful butterflies start to grace our skies again.

Orange tips and speckled woods tend to be the first butterflies to emerge in April, followed by the common blue and small copper in May.

Don't forget to share your butterfly photos with us, we love to see how well they are doing year on year.

Otter cam

A real life otter spot.

It is a rare sight to see an otter in our waters, but the team at Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills have done just that by the reservoir in New Pool Hollow.

Watch as an otter appears from the night waters.

50 things

Will you complete more of your wildlife 50 things challenges this spring?

  • Climb a tree
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Discover what's in a pond
  • Start plant it, grow it, eat it

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 What wildlife will you spot this spring?

As you venture out and about this spring don't forget to send us your photos.

We love seeing spring colour and wildlife emerging, so we'd love to see what you've been spotting on your visits.