What to look out for in April

Many of us are still staying home as a much as possible, but as the clocks spring forward 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. Step out into woodland and you will hear a cacophony of song as male birds show off to females and defend the best territories. Spring flowers should be starting to fill up woodland glades and ponds everywhere are turning in to a black writhing mass of tadpoles. 

And don’t forget there are loads of ways to stay connected to nature from your own home

What to spot this month includes

  • Cuckoo
  • Native bluebells
  • Wood anemone          
  • Cowslips
  • House sparrows
  • Willow warbler
  • Peacock butterflies
  • Orange-tip butterflies
  • House martins
  • Cuckoo flowers
  • Nightingales
  • Hedgehogs      
  • Frogspawn and tadpoles
  • Tortoiseshell butterflies          

Tell us what you've seen

There are many more species to be spotted this month so 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.

Remember this month

Have you seen some frog spawn? Take part in the PondNet Spawn Survey 2021.

26 April – 2 May is National Gardening Week