Staying connected with nature
Even though we are confined to our homes for now, we can still maintain our connection with nature by enjoying the wildlife that visits our gardens, balconies and flower pots. Perhaps you have spotted something interesting on your daily walk, or have had an unexpected wildlife visitor to your garden. Please share any photos you have! Today we received a visit from a comma butterfly and bumblebees have started to visit our garden flowers.
April is a wonderful month, insects are emerging, flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. Although May is known for having ‘peak birdsong’ where the variety of birds is at its max, April’s birdsong is still worth listening out for! Summer migrants such as house martins and swallows begin to arrive, as well as many warbler species. Out in our woodlands and out of sight (at least for now), mammals are more active, badgers and their cubs emerge from their setts, moles are busy digging up lawns and you may be lucky enough to get a hedgehog visitor to your back yard.
From my garden I am fortunate enough to see a number of garden birds, including greenfinches and long tailed-tits, as well as the occasional sparrow hawk and red kite. Rutland water isn’t far from us so perhaps we will be fortunate enough to see an osprey soaring overhead sometime. Failing that, there’s always the Rutland Water osprey cam where the ospreys have already returned from Africa. Pop over to the Loch Arkaig osprey webcam in anticipation of the arrival of our very own Woodland Trust ospreys!
Perhaps you’d like to take part in our Nature’s Calendar project, which you can do in your back garden! Click here for more information.
Amanda Brookes – Volunteering Development Officer (Central England)
Images by Amanda Brookes