Spring has finally fully arrived with the sounds of birdsong lightening up all times of the day and the bright, early flowers that are blooming throughout our forests, gardens and parks and along hedgerows and verges. This is the time of year that one wild-flower has a particularly high impact as thousands of Bluebells carpet vast areas of the country with their delicate, purple glory.
April is a month of mating within the animal kingdom as those species that haven't yet courted begin to do so. However, for those that mated even earlier in the year, their young are now being born with Badger cubs being a particularly common site around well-used dens. The other big difference this month is that numerous bird species that wintered further south in warmer climates, are now returning to breed and filling the air with an increasing amount of life.