Explore your spring garden

Explore your spring garden
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It might seem like there wasn’t a lot going on in your garden after the long cold of winter, but your garden in spring is waking up. You’ll soon start to notice flowers, insects and other animals. There’s a lot going on in spring. Head outside and explore: what flowers and animals can you see?

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Daffodils

Close-up of a bed of dandelions

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Daffodils mean spring is coming! These bright, sunshine-yellow blooms are one of the first flowers to bloom in early spring.

Dandelions

Close-up of a dandelion with its seeds blowing away

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If you spot one dandelion, there are probably lots of them! That’s because each dandelion seed has roughly 100 feathery bristles called pappus, which help them to float in the air and travel far.

Bluebells

Close-up of bluebells flowers with water droplets hanging off the blossoms

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You can probably guess how bluebells got their name: they look like tiny little bells, don’t they? But did you know that it’s against the law to deliberately pick bluebells? They’re delicate too, and if you stand on them, it takes them a long time to recover. So, if you have any in your garden, tread carefully and look after them.

Pansies

Close-up of brightly coloured yellow and purple pansies

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The word pansy comes from the French word ‘penser‘, which means ‘to think’. What do you suppose flowers think about? Sunshine, probably…

Snowdrops

White snowdrop flowers growing and flowering through a bed of ice and snow

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These flowers can grow even when it’s snowing, which is why they’re called snowdrops. They might look pretty, but they’re also very tough.

Crocus

Blooming purple crocus flowers in a flowerbed in the sunshine

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Crocus is often called a ‘light bulb flower’ because before it blooms, the buds look like light bulbs.

Bees

A bee on a purple crocus flower

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The first bumble bees you see are probably the queens, who have survived their hibernation and are now looking for nectar and pollen from the spring flowers.

Butterflies

UK Blue Adonis butterfly spreads its wings on a flower

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Most butterflies spend the winter in their chrysalis, ready to emerge in spring. When they emerge, you’ll see them flying around to collect nectar from the spring flowers, just like bees.

Hedgehogs

A hedgehog is lying on its back in a bed of green leaves and yellow flowers

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Male hedgehogs are usually the first to emerge from hibernation, but both males and females will be hungry, travelling up to two miles each night as they search for food.

Ants

A single red ant on a blade of grass

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Ants hibernate for winter too. As the weather grows colder, ants slow down until they stop, like pressing ‘pause’. If you see them in spring, they’re probably busy clearing the entrances to their nests or gathering food.

Blackbirds

A blackbird with a bright yellow beak perches on a wooden log

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Male blackbirds are black, but female blackbirds are brown! That’s confusing, isn’t it?

Starling

An iridescent starling bird perches on a pruned shrub branch

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Starlings are one of the most common birds in the UK. You might think a starling is a blackbird at a distance because they also have dark feathers (called plumage) and yellow beaks.

Frogs and toads

A frog looks at the camera as it emerges from below the waterline

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Frogs and toads start spawning in spring. That means they start laying their eggs, which look like a strange kind of jelly. If you have a pond in your garden, keep an eye out for frogspawn at the edges.

Squirrels

A grey squirrel sits on a wooden log

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Squirrels hibernate for the winter, but when they emerge in spring, they’ll be hungry! If you see them in your garden, they’ll be on the hunt for food. They’ll be very interested in your bird feeder if you have one.

Looking for more outdoor nature exploration ideas: why not explore your local community and see what nature interest groups are active in your area? Visit your local council website to find out about nature reserves close to you.

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