Easter is here!
The warmer weather and the sunshine are bringing our meadows, woods, parks and gardens to life. There is so much to see at this time of year and our April I-Spy gives you just a “snap shot” of Medway’s wonderful wildlife!
This includes the amazing slow worm which is now out of hibernation!
Spring bird arrivals include Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail and Garden Warbler. You may also see Whinchat and Pied flycatcher as they fly through Kent on passage to the north. You can find out more about our migrant birds from the RSPB.
Coast, marshes and lakes
The migration of birds from our marshes and wetlands began a while ago so many species are gone for the summer. However, there is still plenty to see as our local birds continue to build their nests and settle into the breeding season.
Hills and woodland
Over the coming month we will really see our woodlands come to life. The spring flowers are at their best and our bluebells will soon be in flower! The woodland birds and small mammals are very busy starting to raise their first broods of young.
Gardens and greenspaces
As the month goes by you will see a lot more butterflies and bees around. Small Tortoiseshell butterflies love to feed on nettles and the fine weather brings out Brimstone, Peacock and Comma.
The Dead Nettles are also starting to flower as their name implies, they don’t sting!
Click on an image below to open a full size slide show:
If you are able to visit the coastline as part of your local exercise, please check out the Bird Wise North Kent website for more information on our coastal birds.