Great Crested Grebe in the water with a chick on her backSpring: March, April and May
Spring is probably the most exciting of the four seasons after the cold of winter, the Country Park bursts into life. Flowers stud the meadows with butterflies like the orange tip and a whole host of insects being attracted to the smells and colours as they begin to appear.
On a walk through the woods you will see dog violets, blue bells and the clear white flowers of ramsons. The approaching songs of summer can be heard as the visiting blackcaps and chiffchaffs start to arrive.
Look in the ditches and ponds and you may see jelly-like patches and strings of frog and toad spawn, these will see thousands of tadpoles emerge later in the Spring.
Courtship displays of the swan and great crested grebe can be seen, look out for pairs of grebes ‘head shaking’ and performing a graceful watery courtship ‘dance’.
Millions of migrant birds arrive, with chiffchaffs, sand martins and wheatears amongst the first to appear in March and swallows, swifts, cuckoos, nightingales and many warblers in April and May.
This season is a time of days getting longer and the spring sunshine bringing growth and greenery everywhere with buds bursting and leaves unfolding.