Introduction

Wild Time

Spring

Feel the beat of spring

Be dazzled by bluebells

Harken to a bittern's boom

Seek a swooping sand martin

Pen poetry among daffodils

Sway with dancing grebes

Get sent packing by a grouse

Take a ringside seat

Track down a tiger

Watch a rare sky dance

Chatter with a natterjack

Enjoy the great rush north

Look up in awe

Shine a light on newts

Eavesdrop on a nightingale

Go spotting early orchids

Follow a sat-tagged osprey

Gape at hunting hobbies

Nurse a passion for purple

Scour riverbanks for Ratty

Tip-toe among fritillaries

Summer

Hail the success of avocets

Go batty as night falls

Bewitched by a buttercup

Play the summertime blues

Thrill to damsels and dragonflies

Go after Dartford warbler

Make a splash with gannets

Stake out a badger sett

Hurrah for the king

Rejoice in Manxie's chorus

Delight in a glow worm

Fall for THE fastest bird

Be spellbound by orchids

Journey to a seabird city

Exalt at a skylark's song

Party with the puffins

Lounge with a lizard

Haunt a churring nightjar

Head seawards on safari

Discover the rare spoonbill

Join the toadlet exodus

Spot our largest butterfly

Wear a hat for terns

Hunt woodland beauties

Autumn

Admire our eager beavers

Marvel at migration

Forage for Autumn's bounty

Go nuts over squirrel nutkin

Ramble through purple

Gaze in awe at reds' rut

Wander in the wild wood

Cheer on the salmon run

Try a wild goose chase

Foray for fungi

Winter

Pay homage to the Russians

Go on a winter ghost hunt

Wonder at wintering waders

Fall in love with a seal pup

Hear Britain's tallest bird

Revel in roosting wagtails

Kiss beneath mistletoe

'Ooh' & 'aah' at murmurations

Lie in wait for an otter

Rock 'n' roll with geology

Wrap up for a raptor roost

Party with the puffins

Puffins © Lynne Newton

The clown of the seas returns to its clifftop burrows.

A handsome little fellow in his glossy black dinner jacket and crisp white bib... 

During the summer months, the comical puffin makes its home on islands and cliff tops around our coast. A handsome little fellow in his glossy black dinner jacket and crisp white bib, the puffin is most famous for his multi-coloured parrot-like bill, making him instantly recognisable. Living for 25 years or more, the endearing little male returns to the same cliff top year after year to join his mate, the pair reacquainting with one another by a show of billing and cooing.

Our puffin and his mate make their home in a burrow up to a metre long amongst the thrift and turf. At the far end of this burrow the couple rear their single chick, a black ball of fluff known as a ‘puffling’. The two parents share the duties in bringing up their puffling, taking it in turns to go out to fish, returning on whirring wings with a beak full of sand eels. Once the season is done, the puffins will leave, heading out into the Bay of Biscay and beyond where they spend the winter months bobbing about on the rough seas.

How to do it

If you can’t get to the special places listed below…If you don’t have the sea legs to make it out to one of the seabird islands, then visit Flamborough Cliffs in Yorkshire where puffins can be seen at their burrows close to the cliff top paths. Alderney Wildlife Trust and partners have a wonderful ‘ puffincam ’ focussed on a puffin colony on the island of Burhou.

Special spots

For a truly memorable day out, head to one of the alluring seabird islands that are managed by the Wildlife Trusts and spend a day surrounded by one of the greatest shows on earth, with thousands of seabirds going about their business.

Channel Islands, Alderney

Highlands, Handa Island

Isles of Scilly

Pembrokeshire, Skomer

Pembrokeshire, Skokholm (Please note that there are no day trips to Skokholm island - only short breaks available.)

Puffin © Mike Snelle

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