Best places to spot signs of spring

It’s hard to beat that spring feeling – the one when you can finally leave the house without a thick coat and feel the sun’s warmth. With our handy guide you can go in search of the top signs of spring near you: from early-morning birdsong to fields of daffodils and bluebell woods. There are also plenty of tips to help the wildlife in your own garden, too.

Spring brings warmer weather and longer days, so it’s the perfect opportunity to take some time out and explore the great outdoors – you could also create a haven for spring in your own back garden. Venture outside and see how many of the below signs of spring you can spot.

When is the spring equinox?

The spring equinox will happen on 20 March 2022. Although this is the official date, you can spot lots of signs of spring just before then. Daffodils, for example, can come out as early February.

Spring wildlife to spot

Spring blossom and blooms

Wisteria in flower in May at Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Wisteria

Many gardeners at places we care for carefully prune wisteria during winter in preparation for spring. The blooms appear from May or June. The striking lilac flowers of wisteria grow in fluffy clouds and are hardy climbers, growing up to 10 metres in height.

Spring flowers

Make wild memories
Heading outside this spring? With warmer weather and more hours of daylight, it’s the perfect opportunity to slow down and explore the world around you. If you’re not sure where to start then have a go at these top tips: specially designed to awaken your senses, lead you to new discoveries and help you make the most of the season.

Learn to identify plants and animals
There’s something satisfying about being able to name a wild flower in a hedgerow, or a bird soaring overhead. All you need to do is pick up a wildlife identification book or download an app, then head outside and practise. You could even start a nature journal to note down all your favourite sightings.

Experience the dawn chorus
Even if you’re not a morning person, the dawn choruses of May and early June are worth waking up for. Try getting into position an hour before sunrise for the best chance of hearing the birds: woodlands are usually the best place, but you could also try the local park or even your back garden.

Create some wild art
Nature has been inspiring artists since the earliest cave drawings, so why not let it inspire you too? Take a sketchbook out on a walk to draw the details and landscapes you discover, or practise taking creative photos with your phone or camera. You could even make art from the natural materials around you like broken twigs, lost feathers and fallen leaves.

Give wildlife a hand
Birds can struggle to find food in early spring, so it’s worth putting a feeder in your garden – they’re easy to make using lard and birdseed. You could also build a pile of rocks and dead wood to make the perfect home for insects, or create some seed balls to throw into your flower beds. Eventually they’ll bloom and bring colour to the garden, as well as making a tasty snack for bees and other insects.

Ideas to help wildlife where you are