Spring is on the horizon, and here at Fur Feather and Fin, we cannot wait to enjoy some warm weather and sit back and watch as the countryside bursts into bloom! To ensure you make the most of this vibrant season, we’ve put together our very own guide to spring which includes all the relevant information you’ll need including when spring starts and ends, what wildlife to look out for, the various activities and events you can enjoy, and the best foods to forage!
When Does Spring Start?
In the Northern Hemisphere, spring begins on Wednesday 20th March and ends on Friday 21st June. However, from the perspective of the meteorological calendar, spring starts on Friday 1st March.
What to Do in Spring?
With the days growing longer, lighter and warmer, there’s plenty of activities to enjoy during springtime, from exploring the countryside via hiking or cycling to hosting a family get together in the form of a spring garden party.
If you’re an outdoor lover, spring is one of the best times to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and soak up the abundance of new life as an array of flora and fauna, along with multiple wildlife species, thrive as the seasons change. While escaping to the countryside provides a fantastic opportunity to spend some time wildlife watching, staying at home in your garden can be just as rewarding, and there are several things you can do to make your garden more wildlife friendly for the year ahead.
This vibrant season is also the ideal time to give your garden some much needed TLC after those long and cold winter months as this will help it to reach its full potential by the time summer comes around. Along with preparing your garden for spring by carrying out some basic clearing and replanting, you could also embark on the exciting project of starting a new allotment! Creating your own plot can help to increase your gardening knowledge as well as enable you to grow an extensive variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs that can all be used to create some delicious dishes.
If you’re more of an indoor homemaker, why not take the opportunity to spruce up your home for spring? Embarking on a major spring clean, rearranging your spaces and investing in some must-have accessories can be thoroughly rewarding and help to give your country home a new lease of life to match the changing environment outdoors!
What Wildlife to See in Spring?
As the landscape blooms, many species that have been hibernating during winter begin to emerge and the countryside, in particular, becomes alive with wildlife once again. From small insects to popular woodland inhabitants, there is much to see during spring and every day brings something new in the world of wildlife.
The array of flowers and plants blossoming in the sunshine attracts many insects, with bees and butterflies being some of the prettiest to be spotted perching on the colourful petals. Similarly, the thriving landscape also signals the awakening of species such as hedgehogs, dormice, frogs and toads, most of whom emerge to feed and mate during springtime.
Additionally, with many migrant birds arriving for the warmer season ahead, a chorus of birdsong can be heard continually and for many wildlife lovers, is one of the true pleasures of spring. Among others, some of the most popular new arrivals to appear in the UK anytime from March through to May include cuckoos, chiffchaffs, nightingales, sand martins and swallows.
What Events Take Place in Spring?
Along with plenty of natural sights to see, spring is also a busy time on the social calendar with several annual events taking place throughout the season including traditional celebrations, sporting events and outdoor festivals, there are lots to pack in! We’ve listed just a few of our spring highlights below:
Easter weekend is always one of spring’s most poignant celebrations and this year, takes place from Friday 19th April (Good Friday) until Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday). Whether you spend the day outdoors embarking on an egg hunt or stay tucked up inside with a hearty dinner, this annual event is the perfect excuse to dedicate some time to friends and family as well as indulge in some sweet treats!
Shortly after, the London Marathon – one of the most iconic events on the annual sporting calendar – takes place on Sunday 28th April and is a fantastic event to watch both in person and live on TV. If you’re taking part this year, we wish you the best of luck!
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, taking place from Friday 17th May to Friday 31st May, is a great one for nature fanatics, and takes place on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital in London. Showcasing some of the highest quality examples of horticultural excellence, the show offers visitors the chance to feast their eyes some stunning displays as well as traverse some of the most beautiful gardens in the south of England. Enjoy a day or a weekend at this fantastic floral event.
What Foods to Forage in Spring?
While our year-round guide will help you to determine the best seasons for finding certain wild foods, spring is one of the most fruitful seasons for foraging, and there are plenty of delicious ingredients just waiting to be discovered! But when foraging, remember to take a reasonable share and leave plenty for wildlife and to wash all the items you have picked before eating them.
Garlic Mustard – can be found in woodlands and along hiking trails and provides an acquired yet fresh taste. Serve raw as part of a fresh spring salad or boil up to make the flavour subtler and add to cooked dishes such as pasta or roasted vegetables to give them an extra oomph!
Watercress – one of the most delicate foods to forage, watercress can be found growing in or around shallow running water. Again, while this small but unique tasting plant can be served in a salad, why not use it to create the classic combination of an egg mayonnaise and watercress sandwich?
Elderflowers – to find these fragrant flowers, you’ll need to look for elder trees, which can be found in several areas across the UK. Once you have located them and picked a few bunches of the small creamy flowers, you can use them to make elderflower cordial, a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that’s perfect for both spring and summer.
What do you plan on getting up to this spring? Get in touch on our social media channels and tell us what activities and events you’ve got lined up for the season ahead! And don’t forget to browse our high-quality range of country clothing today to ensure you’ve got the right gear to spend as long as possible outdoors in the sunshine.