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

Pen poetry among daffodils

Daffodils © Rob Oakley

The sight of a golden host of daffodils is enough to brighten up the gloomiest of spring days.

Enjoy your ‘bliss of solitude’ and ‘dance with the daffodils’

In early spring, towards the end of March and into April, head to the few remaining woods and meadows where hosts of wild daffodils grow in wild profusion.  Much more delicate and understated than their brash cultivated cousins, these wild flowers are the forgotten champions of a woodland in spring.  Also known as the Lent lily, since it often blooms over the Lent period.  

Our native wild daffodil is found scattered across the west of England and (of course) in Wales.  Several Wildlife Trusts care for nature reserves where wild daffodils grow.

How to do it

For this one, go it alone.  Pick a sunny day and spend some time like Wordsworth, ‘in pensive mood’ amongst the ‘jocund company’ of the flowers. Enjoy your ‘bliss of solitude’ and ‘dance with the daffodils’ .  Go on, no one’s looking…

If you can’t get to the special places listed below… Yellow is the colour of early spring.  You may not have wild daffodils growing near you, but look out for other yellow flowers glowing on the woodland floor: lesser celandine, coltsfoot, primrose and cowslips will all be in flower in March, a vital source of nectar for early bumblebees.

Special spots

Dunsford nature reserve in Devon is one of the best places to see daffodils in South West England.  Coach-loads of people used to come to the reserve to pick daffodils and the site became so popular that signs had to be put up asking people not pick daffodils.  But Dunsford is still a great place to see wild daffodils today.

Carmarthenshire,  Llandefaelog Wood

Cumbria,  Howe Ridding Wood

Denbighshire, Coed Cilygroeslwyd

Derbyshire,  Derwentside

Glamorgan,  Coed y Bwl

Gloucestershire,  Vell Mill Meadow Betty Daw’s Wood Ketford Banks  and  Gwen and Vera’s Fields

Herefordshire,  Lea and Pagets Wood

Herefordshire,  Crow Wood & Meadow

Hertfordshire,  Stocking Springs Wood

Staffordshire,  George’s Haye s

Warwickshire,  Harvest Hill

Wiltshire,  Oysters Coppice

Daffodils © Rob Oakley

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