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. 

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 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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  • Comment number 28. Posted by jennifer

    on 10 May 2013 08:43

    Almost that time again , Woo ! : )

    anyone watching the webcams at Heligan...... not far from you when you're at Falmouth , Katherine : )

    http://www.heliganwild.com/webcams

    Good to 'see' everyone again... Jen

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Steve

    on 8 May 2013 17:01

    Anybody seen a pure white Jackdaw, we recently observed one with a group of normal coloured ones in a churchyard at Dedham, Essex

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by BrianG

    on 8 May 2013 09:47

    Hi, a week or so ago our new resident blue tit started a new 'habit'. In the mornings it would fly to right up to the glass in our patio door, as it hovered there, it would render numerous beak taps on the window. The maximum number of these glass-taps once reached 47. It no longer does it, but does anyone know why the blue tit does thais? Is there some advantage to the bird or is just doing it for fun?

    Video available.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by The Swords

    on 7 May 2013 21:08

    We discovered 3 fox cubs playing in the garden on Sunday night. There were 3 adult foxes round about them all quite happy to be in one anothers company. We think they may have been disturbed and were looking to rehome as we did not recognise the adults. Tonight we were watching them play again in the garden when to our surprise there were 6 cubs and 2 adults. I think they are living between one neighbours old shed and under another neighbours decking. The later is not too keen to have cats in her garden never mind the foxes. Is there anything we can do to stop her harming them or getting rid of them until the cubs are a little bigger? At the moment the cubs are tiny is it okay to feed them?

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Robincheadle

    on 7 May 2013 21:04

    Very pleased that Springwatch is back. Has anyone else noticed a lack of swifts and swallows? I live south of Manchester and we normally have lots of swifts around our house by now and swallows over farmland. As yet only one swallow!! Which as they say that doesn't make a summer. Has anyone else noticed late arrivals in other parts of the country. I wonder how they know we had a cold late spring??

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Rosebee

    on 7 May 2013 17:47

    I have been watching Robins feeding their chicks in my ivy for 2 weeks now and it has been a joy, they work so hard! But sad and upset to find the nest ransacked and a baby chick dead on ground this morning. The adult robin was still going to the nest for a while with food but coming out with it still in beak, its spending a lot of time in a nearby tree watching the nest... I know thats nature but still feeling sad!!!

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by PP

    on 7 May 2013 16:42

    We are concerned here in North Lincs. We normally have up to 3 House Martins nests attached to our eves through the summer. They normally have arrived here by now but we havent seen a single one. I know last year was poor with one nest falling down full of dead chicks but year on year we love to see them. Usually one nest is right next to an upstairs window. We can open the window and look in! They have no fear of us.
    Has anyone in the Scunthorpe/ Lincoln area got their babies back yet?
    PP.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Sandra Lacinski

    on 7 May 2013 14:27

    Really looking forward to Springwatch. I have seen a pair of Greylag geese with four goslings on the lake at RMAS, never seen them breed here before, is this unusual as I thought they were only winter visitors.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Rachael

    on 6 May 2013 20:44

    I heard a cuckoo yesterday (5th May) while riding in the Ashdown Forest, near Chelwood Gate, Sussex.

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by diapensia

    on 6 May 2013 13:56

    More wild flowers please this year.

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