Winter, it’s been a pleasure.
No really, we don’t mean it sarcastically. There’s a lot to love about the chilliest season of the year – the festivities, the frost and the snow, wrapping-up warm and heading out for a crisp winter’s walk, snuggling by the fire when you return. And you don’t need to get up at some ridiculous hour to be able to appreciate a stunning sunrise, either!
Yep, winter certainly is a magical season. But it’s nearing its end and that can only mean one thing: springtime! Spring hasn’t sprung just yet but the Go Ape tribe has been noticing signs of it in forests across the UK – slight changes in sounds, smells and colours.
Some of our favourite springtime signs are…
Spring is in the air, and don’t the birds know it! Our fine, feathered friends have begun singing to us from dusk ‘til dawn – they’re the soundtrack to our forests. Migrating birds will be returning to the UK from milder climates soon too; chiffchaffs from mid-March, swallows from mid-April and swifts from early May.
Daffodils and bluebells
Spring transforms the green (and sometimes muddy-brown) countryside to a vibrant sea of colour post-winter. Daffodils – the archetypical British flower – make their return, while violet-blue bluebells begin to bloom again. The UK is most beautiful in the springtime, there’s no doubt about it.
As well springtime adding splashes of yellows, blues and purples to the countryside, ornamental cherries in bloom give gardens and orchards a rosy-pink hue. When the petals fall and blanket the ground, it looks like something from a fairytale book.
Bees, like us, can’t get enough of springtime in bloom. Honey bees and bumble bees find the nectar truly irresistible, spending their days buzzing around gardens and meadows pollinating every plant in sight. A bee’s buzz is a true sign that spring is just around the corner.
It’s a busy time of year for farms across the country, as they prepare to welcome sprightly spring lambs into the world. Soon enough, the fluffy newborns will be dotting the countryside – see if you can spot any on your next walk.
Vamps will be steering clear of the UK’s woods and forests over the next few months, as wild garlic begins to grow in abundance. Let your nose guide you to the plant; you can pick the leaves to use in cooking as a milder alternative to garlic bulbs.
Seeing any signs of spring yet? If you book a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, you’re bound to notice a few – the birds singing as you climb up the high ropes, a garlicky smell as you cross our obstacles, a view of blooming flowers and blossoming trees from way up high. We’re now officially back open for monkey business, so come celebrate the start of spring with us!