Spring has sprung – with a hop

The start of 2013 has seen some horrendous weather and at times it felt like the rain was never going to stop.  But anybody who enjoys spending time in the countryside will have noticed some significant changes within the last few weeks.  After the long winter dormancy; life is starting to stir again.  Birds are singing with gusto and the first flowers are putting on their colourful displays.

But for me, there is one thing, above all others, that has always signaled the start of Spring.  Each year I look for its first signs with excited anticipation: The first frog spawn.

Frogs

Yesterday, we came across a small pond teaming with squirming frogs and enough spawn to convince us that Spring is definitely well under way.  Let’s hope that the wintry weather will soon be behind us for another year.

 

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About National Trust Volunteer Group

We are a group of National Trust Countryside Wardens and Volunteers who regularly get together to do a number of interesting projects to inhance our countryside and wildlife. We spend most of our time around the internationally important site of Strangford Lough and some near by countryside sites. If you ever fancy joining us for a day out, you will be made most welcome.
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