Our top spots for signs of spring

The gardens and countryside we look after are full of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the colour and vibrancy of spring. Listen to birds chirping and bees buzzing, see hares ‘boxing’, lambs gambolling and smell the scents of spring blooms and wild garlic. We’ve chosen some of our favourite signs of spring and the best places to spot them.

Children walking through a daffodil filled garden at a National Trust site

Places to see daffodils 

Daffodils are the quintessential sign of spring and with their bright-coloured blooms they're sure to lift your spirits. Have a look at our best places to catch them in flower.

A child taking a close look at the spring blossom

Smell the blossom 

Our orchards and gardens are full of blossom this spring time. Pay a visit to one of our places to see the spectacular display.

Welsh mountain lambs exploring rocky terrain

Places you can see lambs 

Newborn lambs are a great family favourite, emerging on unsteady legs at farms across the country. Lambs are one of the first and most eagerly awaited signs of spring so set out on a family walk and see how many you can find.

Wicken Fen - Male bearded tit with fledglings

Places you can hear birdsong 

The return of birdsong and the dawn chorus is a sure sign that spring is on the way. Take a trip to some of these places to hear the local songbird populations in full voice.

Bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum

Bluebell woods near you 

Bluebells are a celebrated sign of spring. Find out where you can spot bluebells at one of our woodlands, gardens or parks near you.

Honey bee feeding on nectar rich plant

Hear buzzing bees 

The variety of flowers on offer in spring is irresistible for bees, and they rely heavily on flower nectar in the early part of the season. Several of our places keep bees as they play a vital role in pollinating our beautiful garden flowers, fruit and vegetables. Read our list to find out where to see them.

Inside of the Orangery cafe at Ham House

Spring flavours in our cafés 

Expect to enjoy a riot of spring flavours in our cafés and restaurants with colourful mixes of seasonal veg making their way from plot to plate. Enjoy homemade scones, soups and salads from regional produce.

'Magnolia Campbelli' in full bloom, in the Walled Garden at Trengwainton Garden

Gardens with magnolias 

These goblet or star-shaped flowers are much admired spring icons, and for good reason. Ranging in colour from pure white to deepest purple, they fill the spring air with a gorgeous scent.

Three leverets (baby hares) in a flowerbed at Tyntesfield

Top spots to see hares 

One of the great sights of spring is the so-called ‘mad March hare’. These usually shy and reclusive creatures can be spotted ‘boxing’ in open fields throughout the mating season.

Rooks flying above trees that contain rook nests

Look out for rooks 

One of the earliest and finest signs of spring is a rook with nest building material held in its beak. You can spot colonies of rooks – known as rookeries – in the tree tops across Britain, with eggs appearing around early March.

Path through the woodland garden at Newark Park, Gloucestershire

Forage for wild garlic 

Wild garlic is abundant in springtime and the leaves have a lovely mild flavour. Thanks to its very recognisable scent it's also quite easy to find, but we've created a list of our best places for wild garlic just to give you a head start.