Watching wildlife in the UK in May

May is the month when Springwatch is aired in the UK. Wikipedia + Springwatch – BBC

Spring skuas and where to see them If you’re hardy and feeling adventurous, skua watching in in Uist is highly recommended. Adult Pomarine, Long-tailed and Arctic Skuas all pass the coastline heading back to their breeding grounds up on the open tundra. In 1993 for instance the British and Irish day record count was set with no fewer than 1,268 Long-tailed Skuas and 55 Pomarine Skuas were seen passing Aird an Runair on North Uist, the best place to observe the skua passage . “It can be a desolate, bleakly beautiful place, as you sit huddled at the end of the headland, but sometimes the exceptionally close views of skuas more than compensate.”

A to Z of a Wildlife Garden “If you live near woodland, you might spot flycatchers, which arrive in May and leave in September. They perch in trees and fly upwards to catch insects in flight. If you have fruit trees, you might see a bullfinch that has been tempted in by the fruit buds.”

When to Watch Wildlife – May – Excellent page which recommends the following:

  • Birds nesting
  • Song birds singing – the ‘dawn chorus’
  • Butterflies emerging
  • Trees and hedgerows in flower
  • Woodland flowers
  • Meadow flowers, including orchids

Spring wildlife watch “This season is a time of days getting longer and the spring sunshine bringing growth and greenery everywhere with buds bursting and leaves unfolding. Birdsong reaches a peak and many flowers appear, in turn attracting insect-life, including bees and butterflies. Animals which have hibernated over winter appear on the first warm days of spring so keep an eye out in early”

National Trust- Wildlife calendar May As the weather begins to warm up hedgerows and trees turn green, butterflies can be seen in gardens and birds are busy nesting. Wildlife to look out for includes goosander with chicks, water vole, otter, Daubenton’s bats, kingfishers.