Spring at Murlough
Spring is an exciting time at Murlough Nature Reserve. Lengthening days and a promise of release from the cold, encourages plants, animals and insects to come out of hibernation...
More bold, brassy and obvious the golden flowers of gorse make their claim. As if seasons were merging and confused the inner bay still holds winters visitors from faraway lands. Brent geese, godwits, dunlins, wigeon and teal waiting for the signal to go.
Yet spring choristers' begin to practice and seek territory - mistle and song thrush, blackbird, robin, tits, chaffinch - their chorus growing louder with nature's call.
And how this season will unfold and give a riot to a flowery palate of blue - the bluebells steal the show and transform grasslands and woodland floor.
Spring migrants journeyed long to share this place, look for swallows sweeping in low skies, warblers from vantage of bush and tree singing to impress mate and adversary, catch the first cuckoo calling and weep for joy.