What to look out for in May

Spring is certainly well on its way, woodlands are bursting with bluebells and tadpoles are wriggling away in ponds. We’ve already welcomed some of our migrant visitors such as cuckoos, swifts and nightingales to our shores and hopefully more will follow.

Iridescent green leaves are bursting out in woodlands and along hedgerows to add to the vibrant feel of the month. As things warm up, we should see more butterflies, bumblebees and bee-flies and gardens will become hives of activity with frantic blue tit, blackbird and robin parents seeking out food for the insatiable appetite of their young. It has been another dry spring and some wildlife may be suffering from the lack of water. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, leave a shallow dish of fresh water out to help our thirsty wildlife and don’t forget there are loads of ways to stay connected to nature from your own home.

What to spot this month includes

  • Peacock butterflies
  • Hawthorn in flower
  • Common Spotted Orchids
  • Red Campion
  • Bee-fly
  • Ramsons
  • Swallows
  • Nightingales
  • Bluebells
  • Cuckoo
  • Froglets
  • Grass snakes

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.

Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves to visit this month

Woods Mill is the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. The nature reserve provides a peaceful setting, comprising coppice woodland, meadows and a reed-fringed pond. The pond is full of life from grass snakes and frogs to moorhens and mallards, and soon the air will be a buzz with dragonflies and damselflies looking to mate and lay their eggs.

For all you early birds why not head down to the reserve before the sun rises and experience a cacophony of beautiful birdsong from nightingale, song thrush, blackcap and whitethroat. Alternatively, late risers can spend a sunny afternoon watching woodland butterflies flit around the coppice and our bluebells swaying in the breeze.

Sussex Wildlife Trust Courses

Face to face events are returning, so why not see what events and courses Sussex Wildlife Trust are running this May

Remember this month

Have you seen some frog spawn? Take part in the PondNet Spawn Survey 2022.