Spring so far and Springwatch 2013

Friday 26 April 2013, 15:41

Paul Deane Paul Deane Web Producer

Springwatch will be returning to your screens towards the end of May, hosted by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games. We’ll have all the details next week.

News in March was dominated by the cold weather and its effects - lots on that to come in the shows. Early migrant arrivals have not fared well. Many spring flowers are late this year and the Woodland Trust finds that some bluebells are lagging by weeks.

The BTO report that by last week house martin, sand martin and swallows had pretty much caught up after a very slow start to their migration here. For early warblers it is a very different picture though. Chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap are all running about two weeks behind.

But 10 Springwatch points to capribluegenie for this somewhat bedraggled looking swallow - taken on the 29th March and the first swallow on our Flickr group this year. 

swallow by capribluegenie First swallow on the BBC Springwatch Flickr group this year, by capribluegenie

Chris the cuckoo seems to be taking his time round France instead of continuing to the UK. But ospreys have been returning including at the Lake District, Rutland and Dyfi ospreys, who we'll be following again during Springwatch. (There's quite a story in Dyfi already)

If invertebrates are your preferred spring marker maybe you've seen an Orange-tip butterfly? We've not had photos uploaded to the Springwatch Flickr group yet, but thanks for Ian A Kirk, for this Brimstone spotted at Badbury Rings, Dorset.

brimstone by ian a kirk_

Brimstone butterfly, by Ian A Kirk

And if you need an excuse to get out this spring, BBC Things to Do has plenty of suggestions, as do the National Trust, the Woodland Trust to name a few. If you want to do your bit, the ‘Big Beach Clean Up’ is running this week.

We've been following your posts on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and on email (thanks as ever for sharing).

We'll have more news soon on Springwatch next week.

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