Posted 16th Apr 2014
From 19th to 20th April, search for nature's greatest secrets near you and celebrate The Wildlife Trusts' Woodland Wildlife Weekend!
Be amazed by a walk through a wood during The Wildlife Trusts' Woodland Wildlife Weekend. Bluebells, orange-tip butterflies, red campion, the chiming of chiffchaffs and the fruity-rooty-tooty of blackcaps – all of these are treasured signs of a British spring. But, there are many less obvious plants and creatures that we don't see. Small, shy creatures, nocturnal wildlife and even underground animals that bustle beneath our feet.
So, as well as celebrating woodland's showy species this spring, why not look for the quiet ones, the little grey ones, the ones that hide under rocks? They too are part of the glorious wave of life and energy that pours through a temperate wood in spring – but only if our eyes, ears and hearts are open to them.
Top 10 tips to celebrate The Wildlife Trusts' Woodland Wildlife Weekend:
1. Read all about our secret woodland wildlife, from moschatel to mosses.
2. Find out about different kinds of woodland.
3. Once inspired, set out on your own woodland walk - choose one here.
4. Hone your senses; close your eyes and listen to the woodpecker, look into lichen with a magnifier, then take a wander and get lost!
5. Enjoy places to see bluebells.
6. Take some spotter sheets with you to help explore woodland wildlife.
7. Watch out for early woodland butterflies such as brimstone and speckled wood, comma, small tortoiseshell, peacock and red admirals. See our Great Places to see Woodland Butterflies.
8. Look for woodland wildlife using a children's guide.
9. Go to one of The Wildlife Trusts' woodland events – many with an Easter theme.
10. Or, stay at home, take a woodland spin, reach for the John Clare anthology 'The Wood is Sweet' or Roger Deakins' classic 'Wildwood - a journey through trees' and enjoy your Woodland Wildlife weekend.
Image courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts: Rob Appleby