Spring is the time of year when we start to see everything in nature ‘springing’ and bursting into a new lease of life! With the days warming up and the nights getting longer, you can enjoy the sound of the birds singing, and the butterflies floating by while you take in the beautiful fresh air.
It’s not just the birds and butterflies that appear, the pretty flowers join in too, which attracts insect-life, such as bees. Then there are the animals that took to their annual hibernation over winter who begin to reappear as the days get warmer in spring, including hedgehogs, frogs, toads, lizards, grass snakes, and adders. You can expect to see other animals, like squirrels, which become far more active, making them much easier to spot.
There’s certainly no denying that nature is at its busiest during the spring months, with every day comes more change, and there’s no better way to spot this than when you’re already in amongst nature, on a glamping UK holiday.
So, with this in mind, if you are keen to get out on some family-friendly adventures that will surely be packed with fun and learning, we have some top tips for spotting wildlife, as well as some of the best things in nature that you are likely to see in springtime too:
One of the hardest things to do, especially when you have young children, is to stay patient. However, if you can take some small snacks with you (no crunchy wrappers!) that can help to keep everyone focussed, then the chances are much more likely that you will spot some of the wildlife in where you are. Remember, there are some animals that are far more timid than others, but seeing them will be worth it!
Stay really quiet
As we mentioned, the timid animals are plentiful, and will, therefore, be scared off by loud noises such as raised voices and heavy footsteps, so try and keep your movements as light and quiet as you can.
Don’t forget the binoculars
With some of the animals, it won’t always be very easy to get up close to them, so make sure you have a pair of binoculars on hand, and you’ll have a far better chance of spotting animals in better detail without having to get so close that you scare them away.
Do some research before you head out
It’s a good plan to have an idea what the different species that you want to/might see look like, making it much easier to spot them. Luckily, we have a list of things to look for right here for you…
Top things to look for
Frogs and toads
In nature, one of the best ways to tell spring has arrived is seeing the spawning of frogs and toads. Keep your eyes peeled for masses of jelly-like frog spawn in local ponds and ditches. Toads will regularly travel great distances to source suitable ponds to breed in; they travel at night when it’s cooler and damper. During April time, you will find that the spawn has grown to tadpoles with legs, so you’re far more likely to spot something exciting around lakes, ponds and streams at this time.
Chiffchaffs are usually among the first migrant birds to arrive on our shores in March, and they can regularly be heard chirping their names in a repetitive ‘chiff chaff’ song – hence the name – from the treetops. Also keep an eye out for house martins, cuckoos, and the majestic swallows who typically arrive back in the UK in April. Swifts are usually the late arrivals, and they can generally be spotted around early May.
Queen bumble bees
You can be on the lookout for the first sightings of bumblebees on warm days in March, with these most likely being the queens who have made the transition through the seasons, into spring. They will be on the hunt for some pollen and nectar from the newly emerged spring flowers, such as the crocus, daffodil, lily-of-the-valley, and tulip.