What to look out for in April

As the clocks spring forward and the warm weather continues, it feels like wildlife is springing into action again. The birds are singing with gusto as they gear up for the breeding season, frogspawn is filling up ponds, hedgehogs are emerging and butterflies and bees are busy filling up on nectar. This is a fantastic time of year to get out and about, why not head to the woods for a spring stroll and see what woodland flowers are on display or head to the beach for a spot of rockpooling. 

What to spot this month includes

  • native bluebells           
  • wood anemone
  • cuckoo              
  • cowslips
  • willow warblers
  • peacock butterflies
  • house martins
  • cuckoo flowers
  • nightingales   
  • frogspawn
  • tortoiseshell butterflies

Tell us what you've seen

There are many more species to be spotted this month. Keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to fill in our species recording form, so we can submit your sightings to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.

Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve to visit this month

Marline Valley, a rich wood valley situated in Hastings, East Sussex, is currently bursting with colour from the carpets of wood anemones, bluebells, wild garlic and lesser celandine. Look out for pockets of early purple orchids later in the month. Birds are also staking out the territories with striking birdsong.

Birds that can be heard at the moment include migrant warblers such as blackcap, willow warbler and whitethroat which are arriving to join the resident birds such as nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker. The warm spring days will also offer the opportunity to spot butterflies in the meadows - lots of brimstone, peacock and orange tip.

Sussex Wildlife Trust Courses

Fancy hunting out some shark eggs, spending an afternoon in the woods detoxing from the digital world, or perhaps a morning welcoming in spring migrants? Find out what events and courses Sussex Wildlife Trust are running this April.

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