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Spring Highlights

Flower filled woodlands, the return of the summer visitors, butterflies emerging - spring bursts into life

Woodland Flowers

Carpets of vibrant bluebells provide an incredible display across woodland floors between April and May. Bluebells are joined by other woodland flowers, such as wood anemones, ramsons, lords and ladies and early purple orchids, creating a beautiful woodland tapestry of colour. Visit North Cliffe Wood (near North Cave, East Yorkshire) and Stoneycliffe Wood (near Wakefield, West Yorkshire) for spectacular displays. (Photo: Bluebells at North Cliffe Wood - Credit Jono Leadley)


In early May, whimbrels gather at Wheldrake Ings (near York, North Yorkshire) each evening as they pause during their northbound migration. (Photo: Whimbrel in flight - Credit Martin Batt)

Dawn Chorus

As winter turns to spring, male songbirds turn their attentions to the breeding season and so begins the wonderful dawn chorus. May and June, when returning migrants like blackcaps and chiffchaffs join residents like robin and great tit, is the best time to experience this symphony of sound for yourself. Visit woodlands like Adel Dam (Leeds, West Yorkshire) at sunrise to take in the dawn chorus in full swing.(Photo: ChiffChaff - Credit Amy Lewis)