Spring has Sprung! 4th April 2016

Spring has to be my favourite time of the year. The evenings get lighter, the days are longer and amphibians and reptiles begin to come out of hibernation.

We took a visit to Apedale Country park, one of my favourite nature reserves. The reserve has a small pond quite close to the heritage centre and car park. This small, quiet pond is quite unexplored by visitors which is a real shame as it holds so much life in such a small space. A couple of years ago I saw my first grass snake here which was a real treat! John spotted a grass snake on our visit, but he was hidden under quite a bit of greenery to get a photograph. But we were also rewarded with sights of toads including plenty of mating toads, frogs and even smooth newts!


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