March with Durham Wildlife Trust

March Hares, credit to Steve Raine

As the mad March hares clench their fists we look forward to winter losing its grip, and spring bursting out of the blankets of snow.

Whilst we wake to lighter mornings and bird song, the early spring flowers are currently hidden by snow showers. Our garden birds, who had begun preparing their spring nests, now rely on our help as they struggle to find food and stay warm. For many, winter has gone on too long.

When the temperatures finally increase, the last of the winter sleepers will rise under the first rays of sun. Hedgehogs, bats, butterflies and reptiles will emerge from their slumbers and daffodils will greet us with a long awaited cheery-yellow glow.

Woodlands will come alive as buds burst, leaves unfold and the distinctive see-saw call of the chiff-chaff returns. One by one our feathered summer visitors will join our great British birds as the symphony of the dawn chorus grows.

Whether it’s boxing, nest building, courtship dancing, buzzing, humming or singing, as clocks spring forward, nature will spring back. Please don’t forget to top up the feeders for those that are now struggling in this icy cold snap.

On Saturday 3rd, hopefully the weather will have warmed up as the Wildlife Watch group are ready to get hands on at Low Barns with a practical conservation task.

The first weekly Rainton Meadows Craft Hour of the month begins on Tuesday 7th. Join them every Tuesday for a knit and a natter, whilst raising money for local wildlife.

Saturday 10th, Young Rangers (aged 14-18) can get involved in conservation volunteering. This session will take place every second Saturday of the month at Rainton Meadows.

Our Mother’s Day Ramble on Sunday 11th is a great way to treat your mam to a full meadow of spring flowers. Our guide will be at Rainton to introduce you both to the fauna, flora and our beautiful Exmoor ponies.

Our Wild Yoga sessions at Rainton Meadows begin on Tuesday 13th and hopefully warm up as the month goes on. It is also the Gateshead Wildlife Group’s annual meeting in Low Fell, followed by an illustrated talk about butterfly conservation.

The Wildlife Watch group at Rainton Meadows meet on Saturday 17th for their monthly session. Whilst, the InFocus Optrics Demonstration on Sunday 18th are back with a range of telescopes and binoculars so you can try before you buy.

Washington Wildlife Group are in the classroom at Washington Old Hall on Wednesday 28th for their monthly session. Read about their exciting plans here.

We end the month on Saturday 31st with our Guided Pony Pootle. Hear first-hand from our wardens about the difference these four-legged volunteers are making to conservation across our reserves.

Whether you capture wildlife braving the snow or enjoying the return of sunshine, please share your pictures of March with us on Twitter @durhamwildlife and Facebook and keep checking on our website too for new events: