It’s amazing how fast the days go by. Nights are slowly shortening, fading back like a slow tide makes the sea creep back down the beach revealing forgotten features and exciting places to explore. As winter wanes spring begins, we’ve seen snow drops at South Witham Marsh since late January, catkins on the hazel trees before them and we’re hearing on that satellite tracking is showing cuckoos have turned North and are coming our way. Last week we spotted a Greated Spotted Woodpecker at Hill Holt Wood. There’s no denying the seasons are changing.
As the shoots of green are sprouting we’re booking schools and scouts on visits to the woods and have been winning hearts and minds at careers fairs in local schools. South Witham Marsh’s path has been extended with the help of local youngsters and there are plans coming together for events when the days turn warmer.
Here’s a little guide to some more signs of spring, linking to a Wildlife Trust webpage. http://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/images/Downloads/spotters/signsofspring1.pdf