Watching wildlife in the UK in April

A to Z of a Wildlife Garden -April (RSPB) Nesting is in full swing in April “Red-fruited pyracanthas, if not stripped of berries already, are particularly popular with blackbirds, while the white berries of the snowberry often attract robins and finches. As well as providing food, thick and thorny shrubs like these shelter young birds from predators.”

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

  • Returning summer visitors (birds) and seabirds nesting
  • Song birds singing in full throttle
  • Woodland flowers everywhere
  • Trees and hedgerows in leaf
  • Butterflies emerging
  • Early meadow flowers including orchids

Wildlife Watch – Spring 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  Spring for hedgehogs, newly emerged queen bees, frogs, toads, grass snakes, lizards and adders.

Daffodils at Farndale

Farndale is internationally famed for its show of wild daffodils which normally bloom at the end of March / beginning of April each year. Usually a little after the best of the domesticated garden daffodils. Attracting around 40,000 visitors to Farndale each year

It is believed the daffodils were first brought to Farndale by some medieval monks from Rievaulx. These wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus) are also known by the old name Lenten Lily a name derived from the fact they normally bloom around Easter. See also Walks in North Yorkshire – Farndale Daffodil Walk