dan the gardenerIt seems that spring has arrived a little early this year so here are a few interesting things I have noticed. The word Spring means to jump into action and that’s just what animals and plants do in this season.

 

Spring is one of my favourite seasons, after the cold winter it is great to see some of the plants growing leaves again and some of my old animal friends who have been away in a hotter country or hibernating.

 

Not all animals hibernate in the winter some stick around like most birds. Animals hibernate in the winter because it is too cold outside. In the winter there is less food around. The berries have been and gone and some plants whose leaves provide food for creatures have lost there leaves their spring. Here are a few mammals, reptiles and amphibians that hibernate in the winter and come out in the spring.

  • Grass Snakes
  • Common Lizards
  • Roman Snails
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Ladybirds
  • Bats
  • Door mice
  • Slow
  • Worms
  • Hedgehogs
  • Smooth Newts
  • Common Toads
  • Common Frogs
  • Smooth Snakes

Animals hibernate by storing up food to store as energy. Breathing slows down and the body temperature goes down, this is so the animals can have a long rest when it is too cold to go outside Here are some plants and animals you will see in spring.

Animals – Lambs, Hedgehogs, Badger Cubs,

Flowers – Daffodils, Snowdrops, Daisies, Bluebells,

Amphibians – Frogspawn, Tadpoles,

Insects – Wasps, Bumblebees, Butterflies, Moths,

Birds – Swallows, Blue Tits, Ducklings

Trees – Alder, Ash, Beech, Oak, Chestnut, Sycamore

This time of year is great for growing plants from seeds.

If you plant them now they can grow big and strong enough to go outside at the end of March. By starting early you can have some vegetables and fruits by the end of the summer/early autumn.

 

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