With cherry trees in blossom and daffodils in flower, it’s almost looking like Spring has arrived early on the farm! There are further wintry storms in the forecast, but this weekend makes it feel as though Spring is on its way (in January!). Here are just a few images from around the farm.
Following a very wet, but mild winter, we’re starting to see signs of Spring around the farm. The February half term holidays saw some lovely weather, with Saturday being especially bright and sunny. The rising temperatures and lengthening days have brought many trees and bulbs into flower across the farm, creating a fantastic display of blooms in all shapes, colours and sizes.
We’ve spotted wood pigeons and squirrels eating cherry blossoms as well as pollinators taking advantage of the nectar-rich spring flowers. Bumblebees and hoverflies have been visiting the crocuses and butterflies should be taking advantage of some of these nectar sources soon too. You may also notice nesting birds at this time of year. Magpies can be seen conspicuously carrying nesting material and other species may already be taking advantage of the warm temperatures to get an early start on raising their young. Keep an eye out for adult birds carrying food in their beaks, a clue that there may be little mouths to feed in the nest!