The sun is shining (mostly), the birds are singing and the trees are coming into leaf. It is time to get outside in the garden, or go for your daily walk with your grown-up, and take notice of the signs of spring.
Here are some activities for you to do. They will help you know some birds and some trees. They will help you think about the signs of spring and nature coming back to life after the long winter.
Birds are busy in spring. They are finding mates and building nests. They are very noisy at this time! Every kind of bird has a different song. You can learn the different birdsongs and know which bird is visiting your garden. The charity that helps us find out about birds is called the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The five most common garden birds at this time of year are robins, sparrows, chaffinches, blue tits and blackbirds. To find out how to identify these birds in your garden, visit the RSPB's Identifying Garden Birds page. You can click on the bird you are interested in. You will see what it looks like, listen to its song in a short video, and find out about its habits.
Trees are mostly bare at the moment, but if you look closely you will see signs of life. Small buds may be appearing, leaves and even flowers. Soon they will be bursting into life. Did you know that every kind of tree has its own leaf shape? You can use these shapes to tell you what kind of tree it is.
A charity that helps us find out about trees is called the Woodland Trust. To find out how to identify different kinds of trees, visit the Identifying Trees page on the Woodland Trust website. Even though most trees are not in leaf yet, they will be soon. Use the activities on this page so that you'll know what they are! Many of these trees grow in the streets around our school and homes.
Keep a Spring Nature Diary. Write down the changes you see outside. You could even take photographs! Use the Birds and Trees activity pages above to help you identify what you see and hear.
We will add more activities soon.