As we gradually return to our busy lives, let's take time to note the little milestones of nature that take us through the miracle of spring. Here are seven signs of spring to look out for and take pleasure in.
Oxfordshire is perfect for country walking. There are wildflower meadows on the Buscot and Coleshill estate along the river in west Oxfordshire. White Horse Hill offers incredible views over six counties and there are rolling hills for gentle walks on the Greys Court estate in Oxfordshire.
Bluebells are not the easiest subject to photograph. Dappled light leads to contrast and colour issues and there's the practical aspect of trying not to damage the very thing you're celebrating. Photographer Hugh Mothersole has top tips for phone snappers and professionals alike.
A sea of bluebells in a dappled woodland is one of the most heart-lifting sights of spring in late April and early May. Here are some of the top spots to see them around Buckinghamshire, including Cliveden, Ashridge and Hughenden.
Come and see us for May half term in Oxfordshire. In the warmer weather, there's lots of fun to be had in the outdoors. There's miles of open space for kids to run around at White Horse Hill or Stowe. They can play hide and seek in the woods at Ashdown or Basildon Park or take a family wander around the quaint villages of Buscot and Coleshill, sampling delicious tea room treats.
There are loads of friendly National Trust supporter groups in the Thames Valley. They help support our places like Stowe, Hughenden and Greys Court by volunteering and fundraising. They also get together for fun days out, holidays and lectures.