After the long, dark nights of winter the re-emergence of colour is something we all look forward to. Milder weather and longer days give you the opportunity to spend time outdoors and see the countryside burst back to life. Historically spring starts at the vernal equinox which usually occurs between the 19th and 21st of March. The equinoxes are the only days of the year when the earth's axis is not tilted, giving nearly equal hours of day and night on those days.
Woods are a great place to witness the joy of spring's arrival. From the first leaf buds bursting to the last bloom of bluebells, woods are a feast for the senses in springtime. While you're there, branch out with one of our activity sheets, take photos of butterflies, flowers or birds and share your pictures on VisitWoods and tell us about your experience.
Grab spring fact files from Nature's Calendar and get spotting...
7-spot ladybirdScarlet elf cupSongthrushWood anenome
Some great kids activities, from nature detectives to keep them entertained...
Leaf bingoCreate a woodland gardenHunt in the woods 1Hunt in the woods 2
There are so many spring myths and traditions to explore including the ancient Greek myth of Persephone who, returning from being trapped in the underworld, brings spring back to the world. And it isn't only the ancients who have been inspired by the season. Poets, writers and artists have all found inspiration in spring. Why not spend time in the woods exploring nature and you may even be inspired to pen your own verses about the experience for VisitWoods.
The budding twigs spread out their fan,To catch the breezy air;And I must think, do all I can,That there was pleasure there.William Wordsworth, Lines written in early spring
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Nature's Calendar spring fungi packNature's Calendar spring fact pack
Zing into spring with nature detectives