Now that Spring seems to be with us, the birds are getting down to the serious business of finding a mate, and building a nest in which to raise a brood. If you put up a nestbox earlier in the year, keep an eye out for activity, i.e. birds flying in and out, and if you can, putting out bits of wool or pet hairs is a great help to them, enabling them to save a bit of energy. As the insect population increases, you may find food remaining on bird tables, but please do not stop feeding! The birds are relying on you still. Suet is still popular as well as seeds and mealworms, but peanuts can choke nestlings, so it is best not to offer these.
Look out for hedgehogs waking up from hibernation, and if you put food out please do not give them bread and milk!! Next month will see dragonflies and damselflies emerging around ponds, and migration really gets going, with swallows and swifts, and many warblers ariving to our shores, although Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps are here now.