Spring seems to be arriving already here at the reserve. In plant life, we have spotted Primroses in bloom by the Trackside Hide, Lords-and-Ladies emerging in the undergrowth, and the first leaves of the year have appeared on the Hawthorn trees outside the Observation Room. Birdlife on the reserve has also got the spring feeling. Lapwings have started to display, with the males performing a tumbling acrobatic flight to attract a suitable partner. Shelduck have also started to think about the coming breeding season, with displays of head and neck thrusting.

The first few Primroses of 2014

New leaves emerging of Lords-and-Ladies

What other signs of spring have you seen? Why not come and visit us here at RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve and let us know what else you can spot.

Hope to see you soon.

The Team at RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve