My Nature Nook
Get out your nature notebooks – Its time for another nature walk. Today we will discover some of the amazing treasures you can find on a spring time nature walk.
Nature Walk Directions
On nature walks, I always make sure to pay attention to all the different directions and remember to look for all possible clues and findings.
According to My Nature Nook, there are five nature walk directions. So, let us re-cap these now:
- The Sky
- The Canopy
- Beside you
- The undergrowth
- Down, below your feet
While walking you should be aware of everything within each of these directions: things to see, hear, smell and feel. Then, within each direction, you should be paying attention to:
- Flowers and grasses
- Moss, ferns and lichens
- Bugs and creepy crawlies
With these all in mind, let us start our spring nature walk and see what you can find at the moment! 🙂
What to Look for on a Spring Nature Walk
Spring is a busy time of year, when everything is waking up from their long winter slumber… plants are bursting little leaves above the soil; trees are bursting into bud; bees and ants are emerging from their hibernation and birdsong is filling the air. Together, these give us lots to look for. So, lets take them one by one.
At the moment, trees are one of the most noticeable landmarks of a spring nature walk and present the young naturalist with plenty to record and see.
They are all bursting and developing over the next few weeks. Try and keep an eye on a nearby tree or two. Maybe some trees you pass by everyday on your school or work commute. See how they develop – how do they change? Can you see how their buds swell and grow? What do they form when they open and whereabouts on the twigs are they? Does the tree open its flowers or its leaves first? Note everything down in your nature journal.
Spring Grasses and Flowers
Down at ground level, there are more leaves and flowers busy bursting and developing. They will vary considerably according to your location and your nature walk habitat, but they are there all the same. Cultivated spring bulbs in parks and gardens; weeds around lamp posts on city streets; woodland cover on shady or sun-dappled embankments; meadow flowers and riverbank growth…
Again, try and keep an eye on what is blooming around you and which plants flower first.
Ants, Bees and Butterflies
As the weather warms up, the insects wake up and emerge from their winter hideouts. Ants become busy and can be seen scurrying busily around your gardens; bees bumble clumsily around searching eagerly for nectar-rich flowers; and the first butterflies of the year make their debut appearance.
The lengthening days and earlier sunrise wake the birds and signal the deepening of spring. Earlier and earlier, louder and louder, they awake and join the dawn chorus. How many birds can you recognize by song? Some easy birds to listen out for are blackbirds, sparrows, bluetits, chaffinches, wood pigeons and robins.
On finishing their dawn chorus, keep an eye open for what they do next… nest building and courtship features high on their agenda. So look out for birds scurrying busily to and fro carrying feathers, moss and twigs for their nests.
Frogspawn and Tadpoles
If you are lucky enough to live near a pond, lake or slow moving river, you might spot a jelly-like mass of frogspawn bobbing on the water surface. If it is safe enough to get close, try and observe the frogspawn over a week or two and see how they develop and hatch into tadpoles. Then, see how the tadpoles develop. Keep a record of the changes you see inside your nature journal. You could even draw sketches to help you illustrate their growth and development.
Lambs and Baby Animals
Finally, what would spring be without the delightful sight of little lambs dancing and frolicking in the fields and meadows! The surest sign that spring is here. Look out for other babies too. Calves are another welcome sight. As are the adult cows on their release from the winter barns back into the fields – if you have never seen cows hop, skip and dance before, I highly recommend asking a local farmer to let you watch their herd when they let them back out into the fields. It is truly a wonderful sight!
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Thank You for Browsing
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