Five places to see spring on Exmoor
It may only be January but spring may have sprung already if reports from across the country are to be believed.
The news comes on the back of reports to the Woodland Trust of dozens of spring sights being seen.
The Trust said it has received reports from some of its thousands of volunteers of sightings of swallows, snowdrops and more, including one report from a couple staying in Exmoor holiday cottages.
So despite the fact 2014 is only two weeks old we thought we’d take a look at four places to see the sights, smell the smells and hear the sounds of an early spring.
Given its name it probably isn’t a surprise that Snowdrop Valley is one of the best places to see the flower.
The valley, which is covered in a carpet of thousands of little white flowers every spring, is at Wheddon Cross near Cutcombe, making it the perfect place to visit from our self-
The privately owned valley is opened up by owners The Badgworthy Land Company throughout February, with Exmoor National Park Authority and Cutcombe Parish Council operating a park and ride service and an information point.
Visit www.wheddoncross.org.uk/snowdropvalley.htm for more information.
The Trust has received nine reports of sightings of Swallows since December 1, which is highly unusual, it’s thought the birds must have stayed in Britain over the winter rather than fly south.
And if you want to catch sight of the first Swallow on Exmoor this spring you can head to Horner Wood near Porlock, where the Somerset Ornithological Society has a hide.
The society also has a list of sites where birds are commonly spotted on its website, www.somersetbirds.net/exmoor.htm
Ducks with ducklings have also been spotted already this year and if you want to catch sight of the little yellow fluffy ducklings you could do worse than head to Wistlandpound.
The reservoir is run by The Calvert Trust, which has a dedicated spring section on its website, www.discoverwistlandpound.org.uk The website provides a list of animals that can be seen on the reservoir.
Like the reservoir, Wistlandpound Wood is looked after by The Calvert Trust and it’s a hive of activity in spring.
With butterflies spotted around the UK already this year, and ladybirds spotted as near to Exmoor as Crediton, it’s sure to be full of spring wildlife soon if not already.
Finally, what could be more evocative of springtime than seeing lambs bounding around paddocks?
Not much! Which is why it might be worth your while visiting Luckyard Farm, where visitors can help out with the lambing.
Visit www.luckyardfarm.com for more information.