With six weeks to go until Easter, and March just around the corner, we’re starting to get excited for spring here at Wild Things Publishing. We have some exciting new books coming soon, and we can’t wait to embark on some new wild adventures this year. Here are some of nature’s reminders that soon it will be time to leave your winter coat at home:
While it’s still a bit too chilly for most people to enjoy a wild swim, head down to your local ponds and rivers to spot frogspawn, which normally appears in March. Tadpoles will emerge a month later.
This May, we’ll be publishing Wild Swimming Walks, in which the Kenwood Ladies Pond Association share their favourite country walks with a dip. The ladies regularly enjoy a wild swim in the Hampstead ponds, and should be able to spot frogspawn on their morning dips!
After a cold, all-too-often wet and grey winter, there is nothing like the unfurling of spring flowers to reawaken the spirit. Of all the beautiful spring flowers starting to bloom across the UK, snowdrops are particularly stunning, creating carpets of white in woodlands and along river banks. Spring’s bright flowers inspire us to get up, get out, and start gardening again.
This April we are launching Wild Garden Weekends by Tania Pascoe, which recommends almost 400 of the best secret gardens and wild flower meadows – where you can view the most spectacular displays of spring flowers.
Birds building nests
Birds typically only spend a few days in the spring building their nests, often to a design unique to their species. Twigs, moss, mud, feathers and even spider’s webs are vital building materials.
The Wild Guide South West (and our new Wild Guide South East, coming this May) feature the best places for ancient woodland – where you can spot birds nesting in the trees. Some trees, such as yew trees, are the oldest living creatures on earth and some of those found in churchyards predate Christianity. Yet each spring, they provide homes to newly-hatched chicks.
Butterflies, a multi-coloured harbringer of spring, begin to appear as soon as the weather starts getting warmer.
Wild Garden Weekends (publishing in April) features the best places to spot wild butterflies and moths. At Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, for example, thirty species of butterfly have been recorded, including grizzled skippers and chalkhill blues. Aston Rowan Nature Reserve, off the A40 near Stokenchurch, HP 14 3YL chilternsaonb.org 51.6630
The sight of newly-born lambs, leaping through the air in fields across Britain, is a sure sign that the warmer months are on their way.
Our Wild Guide South West (and the new Wild Guide South East, coming this May) recommend farmhouse accommodation and farmland for camping, where you’re bound to see baby farm animals taking their first tentative steps!