Spring at Dalkeith Country Park
24th March, 2021
Spring has sprung at Dalkeith Country Park! The flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and the days are getting longer – and we couldn’t be happier about it. This time of year brings so much hope and new beginnings for both us and the natural world around us. We want to give you some top tips of things to look out for this spring around Dalkeith Country Park and in your very own gardens.
Snowdrops are one of the earliest spring flowers to bloom and here at Dalkeith Country Park our gorgeous little snowdrops have been popping up all over the place. Would spring even be spring without daffodils? Well, very soon we will be seeing vibrant daffodils glowing yellow and cheering us up. Last but not least and joining us sooner that we think are bluebells, which will bloom in early May. These beautiful little blooms are fragile so make sure to stick to the paths, so you don’t trample them.
We will begin to see lots of little creatures emerging from their cosy winter homes. Hedgehogs, dormice, butterflies and ladybirds are just some of the wildlife that will be coming out of their winter slumber to forage on the woodland floor. Whilst they may be hard to spot they are definitely out there so keep your eyes peeled.
Now that our springtime flowers are blooming the bees are also emerging to seek out some sweet nectar. You will most likely see honey bees, carpenter bees and the good old bumble bee buzzing about your gardens. Why not plant some wildflowers in your garden to help our fuzzy friends out – after all, they do a lot for us!
The Park has a whole variety of trees within it’s SSSI woodland, some of which are almost 1000 years old, this makes it the perfect location for the birds to find their nesting site to lay their eggs. You’ll see our feathered friends collecting and flying round with sticks, moss and mud in their beaks to make sturdy nests for their fledglings soon to come.
There is nothing more joyful than seeing fluffy white lambs prancing about the fields. As Dalkeith Country Park is also home to a working farm you will likely spot some of these furry favourites emerging very soon. Make sure that if you do come across any lovely lambs that you please enjoy the Park responsibly, make sure that you keep your dogs on leads and be respectful of the Farm boundaries and signage. This helps us keep both visitors and farm animals safe.
What can you do to help the spring wildlife flourish?
Hedgehogs are one species that was named as a candidate for extinction in the UK unless rapid action is taken to help them. Hedgehogs can do well in urban areas, but they need access to gardens to find sufficient food. If you have a garden, consider creating a hedgehog-highway ie a hedgehog-sized hole in the bottom of your fence. They will reward you by eating slugs that may otherwise eat your plants. For more tips on how to make your garden hedgehog paradise check out the BBC Gardeners World blog here.
You can give bees and other important pollinators a boost by planting flowering plants that bloom throughout the spring, summer and autumn. You only need a window box or a flowerpot to sow some seeds. Why not pick up the perfect Seedball Bee Mix from our friends at Restoration Yard and mix with flowering fruit and vegetables and you could be helping our wonderous wildlife as well as eating tasty, organic produce by the summer – delicious!
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If you’d like to help the birds in your garden, why not build them a bird box they can call home? A great way to help birds at this time of year is to put up nest boxes, where birds can raise a clutch of young come the spring. And what’s even better, is you get to watch them fly the nest and begin their journey into the big wide world. Follow this step-by-step guide to make a peck-tacular bird house.
We hope all of our local visitors get out to enjoy spring at Dalkeith Country Park. For those of you who are still not able to visit due to COVID restrictions, we are very much looking forward to being able to welcome you back through the Dalkeith Country Park Gates, and hope to be doing so very soon. You can keep up to date on all of our latest information and COVID-19 guidance here and stay in the loop on all things Dalkeith Country Park on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.