Spring wildlife trails

As spring takes hold, venture out on a wildlife walk at one of the places in our care. Look out for emerging butterflies, see trees budding and bursting into leaf, listen to the birdsong and keep your eyes peeled for squirrels and rabbits, beetles and caterpillars.

Oystercatchers on the shingle at Blakeney Point, Norfolk
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Blakeney, Norfolk 

You might spot geese, terns and oystercatchers as you follow this trail through Blakeney village and around the harbour. If you're lucky you could even spot a hare along the coastal path.

Red deer in the woodland at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire
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Calke Park, Derbyshire 

Enjoy bluebells and looking out for signs of badgers and woodpeckers in the wooded part of this walk. You can also spot red deer and kites as you follow this trail past ancient trees and through open grassland.

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
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Marloes Peninsula, Wales 

Try this five mile walk along the heathland peninsula to see a huge range of wildlife. Keep a look out and you may catch sight of a seal. There are also many types of seabirds and the occasional porpoise to be seen.

Visitors on the coastal path at Ravenscar and Peak Alum Works, Yorkshire
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Raven's View, Yorkshire Coast 

During the spring, hear the birdsong and spot colourful lesser celandine, wood anemones, dog violets and primroses on this easy walk along the Yorkshire coast. Visit the pond with its viewing platform where you can look out for frogspawn. Bring binoculars if you have them and you might spot dolphins and porpoises in the sea on a calm day.

Buzzard in field at Runkerry, Giant's Causeway, County Antrim
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Runkerry, County Antrim 

This two mile coastal walk offers views of the stones of the Giant's Causeway as well as the chance to see all kinds of wildlife including skylarks, stonechats and linnets.

A view across a bank of wild daffodils towards the lake in spring at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
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Sizergh, Cumbria 

The hawthorn trees on this walk are a great attraction for nesting birds. You can also commonly see buzzards and pheasants and even green woodpeckers if you're lucky. Enjoy the wildflowers growing in the woodland glades and take in glorious views of the Lake District on this 2.5 mile trail.

 Water vole (Arvicola amphibius)
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Stockbridge, Hampshire 

Enjoy spotting the famous River Test trout, shy water voles and reed warblers among a wide variety of wildlife. Taking you on a trail through Stockbridge Common Marsh, this walk is 35 minutes to an hour and runs alongside the River Test.

Woodchester Park boathouse, Gloucestershire
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Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire 

This walk through a secluded valley is rich in wildlife. Look out for kingfishers, herons and mandarin ducks around the five lakes and keep your eyes peeled for bugs and wildflowers in the woodland.