Author Barry Yates
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
Sandwich terns arriving back from Africa
Mediterranean gulls mewing
Black-headed gulls squabbling
Reed buntings tunelessly singing
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