Join the Easter egg hunts
Easter 2022 will be here before you know it. We've got some exciting plans to celebrate the spring holiday season and keep the whole family entertained.
Join us for our Easter adventures in nature trails at many of the places we care for across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this spring. There'll be lots of fun for you and your family on your trail as you do your nature-inspired activities. Complete the trail and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg. The eggs are made here in the UK using cocoa that's responsibly sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
Check back soon to find out more details and where your nearest Easter trails will be.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for the first signs of spring. Join us in welcoming the first delicate petals of blossom on the trees, the tweeting of birds and the warmer, longer days ahead.
Blackthorn is one of the first trees to blossom, providing a valuable early source of nectar for bees, and a spectacular display of frothy white flowers.
These are among the first birds to return from Africa in spring. They’re small and fairly plain-looking, so the easiest way to identify them is by their song.
All sorts of flying insects emerge in spring, including butterflies, dragonflies, ladybirds and mayflies. Keep an eye out in areas of grassland or near water.
This hardy flower brightens up woods and hedgerows in spring. It was a favourite of Prime Minster Benjamin Disraeli, who lived at Hughenden in Buckinghamshire.
The sight of boxing hares is a hallmark of spring. Rather than competition between males, this behaviour is actually females fending off unwanted male attention.
There are two main types of wild violet you might find in early spring. Common Dog-violets lack scent, but Sweet Violets were used as perfume in Ancient Greece.
Frogspawn and toadspawn
Frog and toad spawn can be found in ponds from January to March. Frog spawn is always laid in jelly-like clumps, whilst toad spawn comes in long chains.
Early Purple Orchid
This is one of the earliest orchids to appear in meadows and woods in spring. Look out for pink-purple flowers and dark green leaves with dark spots.
The cuckoo’s call is instantly recognisable, although they’re now quite rare. Listen out for them in grassland and reedbed habitats around late March and April.