As soon as spring arrives, it is time to dust off those wellies and air out those walking shoes, ready to explore the great outdoors and all that it offers, including lots of wildlife and improved weather conditions.
In and around our beautiful parks, which are located in some of the UK’s most stunning natural settings; there is so much unspoilt scenery and such an abundance of wildlife to discover. Add this to the warmer weather and longer days that come with the spring and summer months, and you have the ideal conditions for some leisurely exploration.
So let’s see what wildlife you’ll be able to spot come May. Just read on to see five British birds and beasts you can be on the lookout for in the Heart of England.
Otters are relatively rare around the UK, gracing a few of the waterways with their presence. Counties like Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the surrounding areas are ideal for these mammals because they offer all the right habitats; marine, woodland, urban, and even coastal as you move west into Wales. Watch out for webbed feet, pale fur and powerful bodies when looking for otters, and remember, they aren’t easy to spot.
With so much stunning woodland surrounding our parks, it makes sense to try and spot woodland wildlife. The Bechstein’s Bat is a particularly interesting species to try and spot, with their pink faces, distinctive long ears and two-toned fur. Colonies come into being during spring months, with young being born at the end of mid-summer. Though nocturnal, they offer a bit of interest to the skies in southern England and Wales.
Brown Hairstreak Butterfly
The ancient wood, Grafton Wood, is known to be home to the Midlands’ only colony of Brown Hairstreak butterflies. This species is found predominantly in hedges and tree canopies, and they can be spotted by their distinctive brown and orange colouring. They are a pretty sight as you wander around Grafton Wood and other such conservation sites in the county.
Having recovered somewhat from their population drop in the 20th century, these birds of prey are now a sight to behold in highlands and coastal cliffs and quarries across England and Wales. The Peregrine Falcon is the UK’s biggest, with distinctive dark slate-grey colouring mixed with a white and black underside, and white throat and cheeks. Vibrant yellow feet and beak, with a black mask and moustache, finish off the unique look of this falcon. Definitely one to watch out for, and they have even been found in urban centres like Birmingham.
With all the waterways, lakes and ponds in the Heart of England and Wales, there is an abundance of marine and freshwater life to spot. Of course, if you’re a fan of fishing, you will have fun spotting different species. If, however, you prefer to see something a little unique, look for slippery eels. They can be hard to spot in murkier waters, but they are amusing to see darting through. Some can grow up to a metre in length, and their snake-like appearance adds to their interest.
Of course, these five birds and beasts are by no means the only wildlife to look out for this May. There are plenty of animals, birds, fish and fauna to see, and much more besides. So kick off spring/summer 2015 with a holiday at Allens Caravans, and explore the great outdoors surrounding our UK holiday parks this May. Click here and book yourself onto one of our gorgeous parks today!