Spring sightings

Buzzard flying

Spring is springing and as it gets warmer the wildlife and the wild flowers that you should look out for are ever more varied.

Walking up on Incleborough Hill you are likely to start seeing more butterflies such as the Specled Wood.

Speckled wood butterfly
Speckled wood butterfly
Speckled wood butterfly

 Listen out for the Chiffchaff an active and restless bird that frequently flicks its wings. The flight looks a little jerky, call is a loud ‘huitt’ and the song a repeated ‘zip-zap zip-zap’.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Other notable birds to be seen are Blackcaps.

Over the road in Roman Camp Primroses are all around the entrance to the car park. Walking through the Canadas there are spring flowers such as Dog-violets.

Common Dog-violet
Common Dog-violet
Common Dog-violet

 Wood-sorrel is starting to emerge.

Wood-sorrel
Wood-sorrel
Wood-sorrel

In the past couple of years there has been a lot of forestry activity, as a result dead hedges have been created these form the perfect cover for wrens. Insects are becoming more obvious and hover flies and bees are very active.

In very sunny spots on the heath, early in the day adders can be seen soaking up the warmth. Remember not to disturb them or make any attempt to touch them. 

Adders are regularly to be seen
Basking adder
Adders are regularly to be seen

Spring has certainly arrived so you may see winter migrants passing through the area as well as buzzards and red kites using the up draughts on the ridge searching for food.