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26 Nature Notes Lots to enjoy in the Great Outdoors


In March the wildlife begins to stir with hedgehogs and frogs becoming active after hibernation. Carpets of flowering bulbs appear and the hedgerows begin to show some colour with splashes of yellow celandines and the first violets.


Spring Garden Walks:


Coleton Fishacre Fridays in March 2pm – 2.45pm Booking not needed – free event


Celandine with violets in the backround


Get Set for Spring! By April nesting season is well under way and adult birds are getting more daring in their quest for insects, grubs and berries for their fledglings.


Look out for: First summer migrating birds including sand


martins, wheateaters and chiffchaffs. Peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell butterfly, bright golden brimstone butterfly and hoverflies Sloworms and the first adders who love to bask on a stony warm spot


Above: Brimstone butterfly.


Left: Sloworm


Listen out for: the melodious blackbird, robin, dunnock and their much brighter and tuneful relative, the song thrush. Not just


easy on the ears as these are all sounds of setting out territory and advertising for a mate. Go to www.rspb.org.uk to hear recordings of each individual birdsongs.


Dartington


Greenway March - end April 2pm – 2.45pm Booking not needed – free event Greenway’s romantic woodland garden is renowned for its spring flowers - from camellias to rhododendrons, as well as swathes of spring bulbs. This is a great way to find out about what’s in flower, and the history of the garden.


Overbeck’s 7 March – end October 2pm – 3pm Weekly Wednesday seasonal tours of the garden with the gardeners. Booking not needed - free event. www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Above: Dunnock.


Main Photo: Song Thrush


Deer Park Opened in summer 2017 Dartington Deer Park is a special place where history, nature and learning come together. It’s home to fallow deer with wildlife all around you – kingfishers, dippers, otters and dragonflies. Century old trees – oak, beech and lime. Open dawn till dusk with trails, maps and visitor centre - free experience. www.dartington.org


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