From Bluebells to Birdsong
From the gradual arrival of migrant birds to the unrolling of bluebell carpets - spring is a great unfolding story when everything seems possible, writes Simon Barnes. In spring we have our beginnings. Life starts again: the early flowers daringly lift their heads above the earth and the birds burst into song. Spring is showtime, with the almost ridiculously sumptuous shag-pile carpets of bluebells and the deafening chorus at dawn.
Carpets of native English bluebells in ancient woodlands are a very special and very British wildlife spectacle. We are holding some special bluebell viewing events this year.
Wild about gardens
The Wildlife Trusts are a key partner in Wild About Gardens, along with the RHS.
Swifts, swallows and martins travel all the way from Africa to spend each summer in the UK. Swifts and house martins were recently added the Red List, meaning they are in decline.
But you can help! Safe nesting sites and a continuous source of food are essential to sustain them and their young during the breeding season, and prepare them for the difficult migratory journey.
Wooing in the wild
A peek at the passionate world of animal courtship
The brilliance of beetles
Steve Garland, chair of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and beetle expert, explores the world of these incredible, armoured insects.
The Positives of Lockdown
Communities and Wildlife Officer Rebecca Neal presents highlights and favourite photos of spring and summer 2020