Where to see spring wildlife

Where to see wildlife in the spring

©Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

From bluebells to birdsong

From the gradual arrival of migrant birds to the unrolling of bluebell carpets - spring is a great unfolding story when everything seems possible, writes Simon Barnes. In spring we have our beginnings. Life starts again: the early flowers daringly lift their heads above the earth and the birds burst into song. Spring is showtime, with the almost ridiculously sumptuous shag-pile carpets of bluebells and the deafening chorus at dawn.

Bluebells

Experience

©Luke Massey/2020VISION

Wildflower meadows

Experience

©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Ospreys

Experience

Andy Rouse/2020VISION

Heronry

Experience

Juvenile grey heron - © Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Orchids

Experience

©Philip Precey

Woodpeckers

Experience

©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Hares

Experience

David Tipling/2020VISION

Bitterns

Experience

©Jamie Hall

Fritillaries

Experience

©Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

Hen harriers

Experience

©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Bird migration

Experience

©David Tipling/2020VISION

Grebes

Experience

Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

Wild daffodils

Experience

Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Woodland butterflies

Experience

©Bob Coyle

Hobbies

Experience

© Andy Morffew

Tiger beetles

Experience

Heath tiger beetle ©Jon Hawkins

Nightingale and cuckoos

Experience

©Amy Lewis

Sand martins

Experience

Bob Coyle

Newts

Experience

©Philip Precey

Water voles

Experience

Water vole ©Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Natterjack toads

Experience

Philip Precey

Pasque flower

Experience

©Les Binns

Grouse

Experience

©Margaret Holland

Year round wildlife

Experience

Meathop Moss nature reserve, Cumbria Wildlife Trust