Watching wildlife in the UK in March

A to Z of a Wildlife Garden – March (RSPB) “Wildlife begins to stir in the south and west of the country, while the north may still be firmly in the grip of winter. As nest building begins robins, sparrows, blackbirds and other garden birds fly back and forth with twigs and other plant debris.”

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

  • Returning summer birds
  • Songbirds singing
  • First woodland flowers
  • ‘Mad’ March hares
  • Blackthorn in flower
  • Frog and toad spawn in ponds

Watching hares in March ”The UK is home to three species of hare: Brown, Irish and Mountain, although it is easy to go for years without seeing any, unlike their widely spread rabbit relatives. Mating season is the period when they let their guard down, and so you are more likely to spot them. “

Places to watch hares in March “The National Trust has lots of places where you can see hares in the wild. The best time to see one is in the evening on open grassland, especially near arable land. Although they are usually solitary, you may be lucky enough to see a mysterious circle of hares. And during the spring breeding season, hares box as part of their courtship ritual – the ‘boxing’ is actually females battling off unwanted advances from the males.”

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.