What's about in the park
After its winter hibernation, in early spring the parkland begins to slowly awaken. We see many more birds, flora and fauna emerging and it's great to spot some of these on your visit in the park.
The blossom of the Hawthorn tree (also called the May tree) is now looking at its best. The brilliant white flowers are a big help to all of the bees and other insects which are now emerging in their hundreds. Hawthorn is also the foodplant for many species of moth caterpillars, as well as being a fantastic nesting site for birds due to its sharp thorns.
Swifts will arrive later on this month, being one of the last migrant birds to return for the summer. These birds are larger than the Swallows that we welcomed home in April, and have a loud screaming call. They are expert fliers, eating and even sleeping on the wing!
Greater stitchwort is an easy flower to find at Saltram: it often grows among the bluebells, adding another layer of colour to the woodland carpet with its large white flowers.
If you listen carefully around the newly grassed Chelson meadow, you can hear skylarks singing high up in the air. Skylarks have an impressive song-flight display, where the males fly straight up in the air, then hover and sing constantly for several minutes at a time before returning to land.