May with Durham Wildlife Trust

As wildflowers spread like April showers and birds pour in from the south, we enter the brighter, louder and fuller days of spring.  Everything is vivid and bursting with life.

May is the month for the wildlife lover as in every direction there is something to awaken the senses.

Wrapped in the white ribbons of hawthorn, known as the May flower, hedgerows pulsate with bird song as the dawn chorus reaches its peak.

Bluebells continue to spread their magic and wonder in our woodlands, whilst white starry carpets of ramsons unroll, unleashing the strong scent of wild garlic into the air. Woodlands now gleam as the sun light bounces off every flower and green leaf, before the canopy covers them over.

Dragonflies and mayflies emerge and dance over wetlands as bees fumble through the abundance of May flowers, now buzzing with insects and butterflies.

Whilst garden birds settle into nests with their young, for many the breeding season has just begun. Bats, bees and wasps are all preparing their nests. Whilst new bird life is kept undercover, keep an eye out for baby mice, voles, fox and badger cubs.

Come the end of the month, anchors in the late spring sky will point us in the swift direction of summer.

On Saturday 5th May, our Dragonfly Identification and Survey Techniques event at Rainton Meadows will help you to identify who is hovering over the waters and our Guided Butterfly Walk those fluttering by the flowers.

Our Event Volunteers Meeting on Tuesday 8th May is a great way for you to become involved in the programme of events we are putting on in the future.  If you would like to help us plan, prepare and deliver some of our larger events then this is the perfect opportunity to become involved.

To learn more about those out on the night wing, on the evening Lanchester Wildlife Group are joined by guest speaker Rachel Hepburn, an ecologist and bat surveyor, who will be providing an insight into Durham’s bat population.

Our Swap Shop on Saturday 12th at Rainton Meadows will help support our environment, as well as fellow parents, by promoting the reuse of preloved baby clothes and toys.

On Monday 14th our Wildlife Gardening Talk at East Boldon Scout Hut will guide you through how to make your garden a haven for wildlife.  Learn how gardening sympathetically can attract the birds, butterflies and bees and help the environment.

On Saturday 19th we take to the terrace at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for our Quayside Kittiwakes talk.  Learn more about the largest inland colony of these fascinating birds and watch them nest on the north wall .

A highlight of the month is our Dawn Chorus Walk at The Whinnies Nature Reserve on Sunday 20th.  Join us to celebrate the finale of spring, as our feathered migrant visitors join our residents in the cacophony.

Our Thursday 24th, An Introduction to Durham Wildlife Trust is designed for new members but open to all.  Find out more about what we are doing for wildlife, meet the team and join us for a wander round Low Barns.

Our event Upperteesdale’s Magic Meadows at Bowlees Visitor Centre on Monday 28th has some great activities aimed at those aged 5-10.   Discover some of the myths and stories behind some of our most loved wildflowers.

On Wednesday 30th, Washington Wildlife Group close the month with their regular meeting at Washington Old Hall.

Don’t forget our monthly Wildlife Watch meetings and weekly Wild Yoga and Craft Hour sessions continue to take place too. For a full list of events please visit here and keep looking out for new events too.

We look forward to seeing your photos of late spring in action.  Please share with us on Twitter @durhamwildlife and on our Facebook pages.