Signs of an early spring

Due to the mild winter, the UK is showing its first signs of spring

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As a result of our mild winter, The Woodland Trust has reported that many flowers and plants around the country, such as snowdrops and daffodils have been spotted in bloom. This comes along with sightings of silver birch, oak and hazel buds surfacing.

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The National Trust has said that their fields were very green in comparison to last year as signs of spring were beginning to emerge. There have been sightings of wild garlic and frogspawn on the Gower peninsula in South Wales and wood pigeons mating and fledging their young in Swindon. Camellias and magnolias in South West England have also been seen, along with hawthorn flowering in the Yorkshire Dales. Animals such as bats, frogs and hedgehogs are yet to go into hibernation and even bees are remaining busy!

There was a rare sighting of a juvenile slow worm in London Wetlands Centre in Barnes. This species is not known to surface before March at the earliest. The RSPB has even received calls from people who have not seen their resident garden birds. This is because there are still plenty of insects for the birds to feast on due to the mild winter.

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Have you seen any unusually early signs of spring? Email editor@countryfile.com