A Cornish Spring is in the air…

It might be cold, but I’ve been away from Cornwall for most of the last two weeks with work, and driving back today I was struck by all the early signs of Spring – they arrive so much earlier here. It got me thinking about all the lovely plants and other wildlife I’m looking forward to seeing a bit later in the year, and I decided to share a few photographs so you can anticipate their arrival with me!

Yellow centaury: watch out for this tiny gem on the old trackways on the Lizard from late May into June. There's lots of it at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve
Yellow centaury: watch out for this tiny gem on the old trackways on the Lizard from late May into June. The flowers only open when the sun is shining – I know how they feel! There’s lots of this plant at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve
Pigmy rush: in the UK this wonderful small rush is only found on the Lizard. Look for it in May - it's another plant of the old trackways, and again Windmill Farm is a good spotting place.
Pigmy rush: in the UK this wonderful small rush is only found on the Lizard. Look for it in May – it’s another plant of the old trackways, and again Windmill Farm is a good spotting place.
Swallow: I can't wait for these to arrive!
Swallow: I can’t wait for these to arrive!
Bees of all species are wonderful to see and hear, buzzing round the flowers. It's a bit cold as yet, but they should be out and about soon! - the Bumble Bees first with their furry warm 'coats'.
Bees of all species are wonderful to see and hear, buzzing round the flowers. It’s a bit cold as yet, but they should be out and about soon! – the Bumblebees first with their furry warm ‘coats’, then their cousins, like the one in this photo.
White clover: common, it will be everywhere, but pretty, and a great plant for bees, butterflies and other insects.
White clover: common, it will be everywhere, but pretty, and a great plant for bees, butterflies and other insects.
Gatekeeper butterfly: look out for this in mid-summer. Let's hope our butterflies have a better summer this year (ie. less rain, more sun! - we're all hoping for that...)
Gatekeeper butterfly: look out for this in mid-summer. Let’s hope our butterflies have a better summer this year (ie. less rain, more sun! – we’re all hoping for that…)
Foxgloves will be brightening up the hedges and heaths and gardens..just about everywhere, really!
Foxgloves will be brightening up the hedges and heaths and gardens..just about everywhere, really!

Hang on in there, Spring proper isn’t far away!

Author: Amanda Scott

Cares about wildlife, nature and ecology. Loves Cornwall, my new home.

3 thoughts on “A Cornish Spring is in the air…”

  1. Clare – I agree about the blackbird song!
    Lucy – you wouldn’t find Pigmy Rush your way. Yellow Centaury is found on a few sites in Cornwall, the New Forest and SW Wales, plus Eire – I think it used to be found in Dorset but has been declining drastically – not sure what it’s status is there, now. If you ever get to see it, it is a lovely little plant! – though there’s plenty else where you are to enjoy!

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