Spring on Hold

, 06 March 2012

Author Barry Yates

mediterranean gull mewing / Barry Yates
mediterranean gull

Itís like this every year at Rye Harbour. We get a lovely spring day like last Thursday and we feel like spring has arrived. . .

Skylarks singing invisibly up high

Lapwings tumbling and peewitting

Redshank yodelling

Avocets kluting

Sandwich terns arriving back from Africa

Mediterranean gulls mewing

Black-headed gulls squabbling

Reed buntings tunelessly singing

Bumblebees buzzing

lapwing tumbling / Barry Yates
lapwing tumbling

Then the wind turns to the north and increases in strength and brings the rain (at last) and we feel like itís the middle of winter again.

But have faith and over the next few weeks the real signs of spring will stack up... wheatears and swallows, bee-flies and butterflies, purple sprouting sea kale and white flowers of scurvy-grass, then eventually cuckoos and swifts.

This is the best time of year for all of us interested in nature. It is the time of renewed hope for finding and watching new plants and animals appearing from their winter slumber or travelling back from their winter homes. This is the season to be out in the countryside to reconnect with our natural environment and hopefully feel the sun strengthen with every passing day - but not just yet...

Saturdayís weather forecast looks better, so come and join our Spring Beach Clean at Rye Harbour on 10th March 10am-1pm see www.WildRye.info

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