CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Essex Life today CLICK HERE

Signs of spring are all around us

PUBLISHED: 20:06 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 20:06 23 March 2015




April is a gorgeous time of year to get out and see the best of Essex. Spring flowers are appearing everywhere, trees are coming into leaf and bees and butterflies have started busily buzzing around the place looking for food.

On the RSPB South Essex reserves, April is a very special time indeed as early migrants start to make their way over, with sand martin and wheatear being among the first to arrive. On occasion the odd rarity, such as a spoonbill or Iceland gull, will appear at this time of year too, either on their way somewhere or having been blown off course. Birdlife on the reserves, and elsewhere, are now busy preparing for the breeding season and bearded tits in particular are easy to spot during April on both Vange Marsh and Bowers Marsh. Early butterflies such as the small tortoiseshell and peacock can be spotted feeding on nectar from spring flowers and queen bees will be out and about looking to start a nest. As the sun starts to warm up the ground, reptiles soon emerge with slow worms, common lizards and adders finding rocks and other warm surfaces to soak up the sun’s rays. There is also a chance you will spot a newt or frog heading from their winter homes to their summer residence in our ditches and ponds. Now is the time of year these reserves really start to come to life, and it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

Over in the South Essex Wildlife Garden our resident blue tits are now building their nest ready to start their brood. If you pop in during the Easter holidays you can catch a glimpse of them on our CCTV cameras and find out how they are doing. The wildlife garden will also be coming into its own now with some beauties to discover in the woodland walk, while cyclamen will still be in flower and with any luck some bluebells may be popping up to say hello. In fact the Easter holidays provides the perfect chance to get outdoors with all the family and enjoy discovering the wonders of spring. Join us on West Canvey Marsh for our Spring Scavenger Hunt on April 1 and 8 where you will get a chance to explore this lovely reserve and all it has to offer. Build yourself a bird’s nest and get muddy cooking some muddy Easter treats, follow our trail and bag yourself a Spring Surprise Prize. (Booking essential, suitable for ages four to 11). Or you can join us every Thursday during the holidays for some Wild Play, a chance to let off some steam, get mucky and simply spend time playing as a family in the relaxing surrounds of West Canvey Marsh. To find out more or book a place, call 01268 498620 or visit


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Essex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Essex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Essex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Tue, 12:23

Laurie Page of the Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council shares with us this beautiful six-mile walk around Bradwell’s stunning coastal delights

Read more
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We’ve put together 15 questions that will push your knowledge of Essex to the limit - let us know how you’ve done on social media!

Read more
Friday, October 5, 2018

With one of the warmest and driest summers on record, this year has been a difficult one for gardeners. Susie Bulman from The Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market shares some top tips for plant survival, even in these conditions

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Our county’s remaining windmills stand the test of time as a tribute to a bygone era. Mica Bale highlights some of the best examples in Essex

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Whether you’re looking for a memorable day trip or an impromptu weekend getaway, Essex is a perfect patchwork of all the little things we love about Britain. Proudly showcasing the charm of the county, we pick 13 towns you must visit when planning a trip to Essex

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

This walk from the town of Bures on the Essex and Suffolk border leads you through the Essex countryside to the little villages of Alphamstone and Lamarsh | Words and photos: Laurie Page Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A popular Southend escape game venue has launched a new room inspired by the town’s seafaring past

Read more
Thursday, September 20, 2018

The history and heritage of our county’s historic homes is not only contained within their walls but it also stretches out into the land surrounding it. We’ve found 11 great walks that allow you to experience that history first hand

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

If you have never been to a ploughing match, this month is a great time to put that right as the The Ongar Ploughing Match marks its 100th event. Ralph Metson explains more

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New research by TotallyMoney suggests Essex is one of the best counties for London commuter hotspots. Based on average house price, length of commute by train and the cost of an annual train ticket these are the best commuter towns in Essex

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search