Do one thing
Make a bat box to encourage roosting bats into your garden.
What to look for
It’s breeding time in the water too; watch out for sticklebacks in ponds and rivers; the red-bellied males will be busy tending their nests of sticks and vegetation. Smooth newts float in their spring finery like miniature dragons in garden ponds.
Did you know
Bats in the UK eat only insects (such as midges, moths and mosquitoes), which they catch in flight or pick off water, foliage or the ground. The pipistrelle can eat up to 3,000 midges in one night – one-third of its body weight! Find out more at the Bat Conservation Trust
Habitat of the month: Riverbanks
Under willows and hazel near water look for the pale parasitic flowers of toothwort. In the clear waters you may see trout, stickleback, roach and chub.
Photo opportunity: Woodland flowers
In the woods, many plants are coming into bloom. Get down low and use a small tripod to keep your lens steady. Try using a piece of white card to reflect some extra light on to your subject.
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