March has been warm and relatively dry, which has brought an early spring to the local wildlife.
Blackbirds, started singing at the start of the month and have now been joined by blackcaps and chiffchaffs. The finches and tits are in fine breeding plumage, while nest building twigs in the bills of magpies, crows and rooks are a common sight. Unfortunately there has been no sign of the barn owl who was with us last year, but keep your eyes peeled – he or she may still make an appearance.
Small tortoiseshells are easily spotted while you might see some other butterfly species now, peacocks and small whites have been seen on the wing now that the warmer drier weather is here.
Get ready for the arrival of more of our summer migrant birds such as swallows in April.