Signs of Spring

In Nature and the Environment this week we went looking for signs of spring. to start with we listened to the birds. They were singing very lustily this morning and we identified over 10 different species by call alone. Territory and partners is what that is all about and from the sounds of it we are going to have a busy nesting season here at Lockers Park. We then looked at some of the trees: sticky buds are just opening on the horse chestnuts and the hawthorn is just starting to develop leaves. Elder has it’s leaves out and the blackthorn is in full blossom. Spring means new life but we also found signs of death on our walk. A sparrow hawk has been busy in the grounds and we discovered the signs of a recent kill – feathers scattered on the ground. It is amazing what you can learn just by using all your senses.