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Notts: Spring has sprung at Notts country parks

Daffodils and snowdrops

Daffodils and snowdrops

Nature lovers are delighted that the first signs of spring are on show in Notts County Council’s country parks.

Nature lovers are delighted that the first signs of spring are on show in Notts County Council’s country parks.

Staff who work at Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Bestwood Country Park say that the first blooms of spring have appeared this week.

“We are very pleased that after what has so far been a mild but extremely wet winter that the signs of spring are here,” said Linda Hardy, visitor services manager at Rufford Abbey Country Park.

“The reaction from people on Facebook to our picture of daffodils this week shows people are keen for spring to arrive. Elsewhere in the park snowdrops are looking fine and bluebells, while not yet in bloom, are already growing strongly and pigeons are also enjoying this mild spell.”

“People will remember that we had snow last year in March, and there could yet be a sting in the tail over the next few weeks, but the early signs are very encouraging that spring is well on its way this year. I think that people are especially keen to get out and about and explore the countryside now better weather is with us.”

Country parks have a packed spring programme of events coming up.

A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Ramble takes place at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve on Saturday 8th March, from 7am to 9am.

Sherwood’s rangers and RSPB conservation officer Carl Cornish will be on hand as visitors go in search of the lesser spotted woodpecker.

The event is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

Sunday 16th March sees a hawfinch and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Ramble at Rufford Abbey Country Park from 7am to 9am.

Find out more about country park events at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/whatson

 

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