Wonderful signs of spring are to be seen all around the Lower Mill Estate. Watch out for more photos over the coming days!
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Cotswold Farm Park has just reopened following their Winter shutdown in time for half term. Lots of lambs are arriving already so now is a good time to visit. The arrival of new lambs is always a great sign that Spring really is on the way! Over the winter the farm park has added a new indoor play barn which is going down very well with visitors. There is plenty to keep you busy all day: demonstration barns, exploring the park and finding out about rate breeds, adventure playgrounds, nature trails and tractor rides
For more information visit http://www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/
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This year there has been a fantastic display of primroses and they are now being followed by cowslips. These cowslips can be seen on the path between Somerford Lagoon, the lake where Daisy Chain is, and Flagham Fen, the lake where the beavers live. Spring is such a lovely time of year – each day more and more hedges and trees have new fresh green leaves appearing.
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Spring really has arrived on the Lower Mill Estate now – lots of daffodils around still and as well as pussy willow and blossom. It's lovely to explore the estate and discover fresh green leaves emerging!
Spring walk enjoyed by Naomi http://www.cotswoldfamilyholidays.com/
We're celebrating the arrival of Spring by offering 20% off a stay at Daisy Chain next weekend. Arrive on Friday afternoon, spend a weekend relaxing in our luxury lakeside self catering property in the Cotswolds and leave refreshed on Monday morning. Of course you also get use of the wonderful Spa facilities including pools, sauna, steam room, gym as well as the tennis courts, playgrounds and a 550 acre private nature reserve to explore. Daisy Chain sleeps 9 in 5 bedrooms so there's plenty of space to bring family and friends!
Contact Naomi at cotswoldfamilyholidays.com for more information and to book.
March is Daffodil Month at Batsford Arboretum and with lots of varieties of daffodils in flower it is a great place to visit over the next few weeks. There are also lots of primroses, scilla and early flowering cherries are also putting in an appearance. Early magnolias are another treat at this time of year, and always look their best set against a clear blue sky.
A recent reviewer on Trip Advisor wrote: “We wanted to see snowdrops but were impressed by so much more about Batsford. It’s hard to pinpoint which part of the arboretum is the most impressive. It was a wonderfully atmospheric visit – the wintery sun lighting up the snowdrops and aconites and it was lovely to see a herd of deer in the field. A magical place, can’t wait to go again – our visit was rounded off by a delicious bowl of spicy parsnip soup in the very welcoming and well run cafe (very nice staff!). A total success all round.”
For more information visit http://www.batsarb.co.uk/
With Spring beginning to show itself, the first migratory birds are due to show themselves in the Water Park over the next few days. Last year the first Sand Martin was reported in the Water Park on 11th March. The first migrants have been seen in the UK with Wheatears being recorded on the south coast and Ospreys in South Wales. In April and May, warblers will arrive back in the area along with Nightingales and Hobbies.
Little Owls continue to be seen in the Water Park, and our guests last week took this photo through their telescope.
For more information about the species which are seen in the Cotswold Water Park, and to download a leaflet visit http://www.waterpark.org/things-to-do/birdwatching/
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Westonbirt's trees and shrubs are gathered from all over the temperate areas of the globe which means there is a succession of spring colour, from extraordinary rhododendrons from the Himalayas and champion magnolias from China to some stunning conifer foliage from Eastern Europe.
Visitors in March can expect to see the rhododendrons and camellias followed by magnolias. The Savill Glade in the Old Arboretum will be a wonderful array of colour and scent.
During April the rhododendrons will continue to flower and in Silk Wood, carpets of celandines and wood anemones will be found amongst the fresh new foliage bursting out on the native trees.
May will bring a sea of bluebells in the glades whilst the Japanese maples will open in a beautiful array of colours.
Westonbirt Arboretum is offering half price admissions every Wednesday in April and May: adults £4, children £1.50 Definitely a good excuse to take some time out and enjoy some spring sunshine.
For more information http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-spring
Photo credit: Westonbirt Arboretum via facebook
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On mild evenings between February and April, toads venture out in search of a mate. Their journey is often hazardous with many of them having to cross roads in order to reach their breeding grounds. Each year Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust calls on volunteers to patrol roads to help toads to cross safely. They are carried across the roads in buckets, gently chirping, before being released safely on the other side. Last year an astounding 2700 toads were saved from the roads by volunteers. Let us know if you have spotted any toad spawn in ponds – it won't be long now. Spring really is on the way!
To find out more about the work of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust visit http://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/
Photo Credit "Bufo bufo 2 (2005 07 11)" by Taka – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://buff.ly/1N9F8yP
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