Springwatch Easter Special: Your spring sightings
What an amazing spring it's been! After the coldest December on record, many people thought we were in for a really hard winter, followed by a late spring - similar to last year. In fact this has been a very warm spring, with temperatures in early April soaring into the low 20s. If this warm weather continues into May, then spring 2011 may well turn out to be one of the warmest on record.
Not surprisingly, given the long spell of fine, sunny weather, nature's signs of spring have been out in force. I've already seen seven different kinds of butterfly in my Somerset garden, five of which are the earliest we've seen them in the five years since we moved there. And I'm not alone: up and down the country people are seeing orange-tip and holly blue butterflies, bumblebees, ladybirds, swallows, blackthorn blossom and even the first returning nightingales and cuckoos, just arrived from Africa.
We're currently putting together the Springwatch Easter Special, which will be broadcast on Easter Monday 25 April, at 8pm on BBC Two. The programme is being recorded this coming Monday at Portland Bill bird observatory on the Dorset coast, one of the first landing-points for migrants returning from the south.
Now we want your help. If you're out and about this weekend we'd love to hear about your sightings - especially any unusual or particularly early ones. Please let us know by posting a comment below. You can also send these in to the Nature's Calendar website - the world's biggest survey of changing seasons.
So hope the good weather keeps up - and look forward to hearing from you!
Stephen Moss is the Producer of the Springwatch Easter Special
Many thanks for all your comments. Please don't comment on this post any more. We'll be posting spring updates on this blog right through the season so please feel free to comment on them instead.