Spring wildlife on Kinver Edge
Kinver Edge’s wildlife is slowly waking up after its winter slumber. Our special heathland will soon be buzzing with rare insects and reptiles, and the surrounding woodland will be filled with a symphony of bird song. Spring is definitely a busy time for all sorts of wildlife across Kinver Edge.
One of the first signs of spring on the Edge are yellow clusters of European Gorse that frame our heathland areas, these flowers provide an unusual tropical smell of coconut that attracts insects. Lesser celandines pop up and line outer woodland paths and a small carpet of bluebells replace them by mid spring. April sees our trees grow greener and come in to leaf, with Silver Birches producing catkins that look like lambs tails from April to May.
Spring brings the sound of many breeding birds to Kinver Edge as they begin singing and displaying to establish their territories. Look out for the woodcock, specifically their “roading” display where they fly around during the evening croaking like a frog. You may also hear the archetypal call of the cuckoo, or the sweet sounding song of the chiffchaff. From March onwards, some areas of more sensitive wildlife habitat will be home to ground nesting birds, such as the skylark; whose song is said to be one of the loveliest in the world. This year, we have introduced a ‘dogs on leads’ policy in these fragile areas to try and encourage these declining birds to nest.
Our special heathland habitat provides the ideal haven for many species of insect and reptile. From March, look out for the common lizard and slow worm; both species enjoy heath and grass lands and are often spotted basking in the warm sun.
One of the first butterflies you may see in spring is the small tortoiseshell. Although this is one of the most common butterflies, its striking pattern is a welcome sight after winter. In late spring, you may be lucky enough to see a green hair streak butterfly. Preferring heathland areas, this small butterfly has a beautiful emerald colour beneath its wings with a faint white streak on the tips.