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Spring is in the Air – What to Look for in Your Garden

Now that we are into April, we have managed to see the sun peep out a few times with the promise of Spring. If you want to enjoy your garden throughout the Spring, a conservatory is a great way to do it in any weather – conservatories Gloucester company https://www.firmfix.co.uk/conservatories/ can provide you with the perfect viewing room for all the wildlife action. The daffodils have been on display for a few weeks now, and we are now starting to see other signs of Spring arriving. Here are a few things to look out for over the coming weeks…

Frogs and Toads– If you are lucky enough to have a pond in your garden, this is the time of the year that the frogs and toads head off in search of a place to lay their eggs – or frogspawn and toadspawn. Even if you don’t see the creatures themselves, you can have a look in your pond for the spawn. If it is frogspawn, it will be hidden at the sides of the pond in large clumps, and toad spawn is in a long chain that will be hanging underneath the plants in the pond. If you have had frogs and toads the year before, you will almost certainly have them again, as the males return to where they were born – make sure that you have a small hole in the fence if you have one, to enable them access back in.

Birds – The dawn chorus – the loud birdsong at daybreak – is at it’s most beautiful at this time of the year, as the birds all start calling to potential mates. So, get up early one morning and you will be in for a treat, head out to a more rural area to really experience it. One of the first signs that the weather is starting to warm up is the appearance of the migrating birds – the Swallows, Swifts and House Martins will all start to return around now, after spending the winter in North Africa r Southern Europe, they will be back to lay their eggs and raise their young. Look for their nests, built under the eaves of houses, perfectly suited to a life on the wing, and providing them great protection from predators.

Bumblebees – The first Bumblebees that you see (usually around March time) are queens that have managed to survive the winter and are now ready to set about looking for a nest and is in search of the first Spring flowers.  The first batch of eggs that the queen lays once she has found herself a nest ( a nest may be a hole in the ground, or a crevice in the side of a building for example), will become female worker bees, who will then set about helping the queen to feed the future clutches of larvae that she produces throughout the summer.

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