With the latest lockdown exceeding 50 days we can look forward to Spring and the awakening of the countryside and our gardens. The Brent Geese on the coast will be leaving anytime soon for Arctic Russia and those overwintering Blackcaps will return to their breeding grounds in central Europe only to be replaced with our breeding Blackcaps returning from a winter in the sun.
Already frog spawn has been
seen in ponds and ditches. Spring
flowers are starting to appear with the yellows of Lesser Celandines,
Primroses, Marsh Marigolds and Coltsfoot to the fore.
There will come that day when one sees the first Brimstone butterfly, the first Wheatear, the first Swallow or first hears the Cuckoo or perhaps see an Adder basking in the warmth of the morning sun.
However dark the days of this last winter have been, Spring’s return lifts the spirits and is out there to experience and enjoy.