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Nature and wildlife April


Nature and wildlife April

April - overview

The weather in April can be very changeable, sunshine, showers, cold easterly wind can make for a slow start to spring.

What to see

Long Tailed Tit collecting nesting materialBirds are active at this time, establishing territories and building nests. The arrival of summer migrants such as Swallows and House Martins are seen this month.

In late April if the spring is mild Bluebells will begin flowering. The leaves on trees will start to open. Butterflies such as the Orange Tip can be seen on grassland.

Key dates:

First Bumble Bee seen Mytholmes Haworth 3rd April 2005, 4th April 2008, 7th April 2010.
First Bat seen in Haworth 14th April 2006, 2nd April 2008, 9th April 2010, 7th April 2012, 20th April 2013.
First Swallow seen at Haworth 17 April 2005, 13th April 2006, 9th April 2007, 24th April 2008, 19th April 2009, 22nd April 2010, 10 April 2011, 16 April 2012, 16 April 2013.
First House Martin seen 10 April 2011
Curlew seen 8th April 2008.
Kestrels
mating 8th April 2008.
Peacock Butterfly seen at Haworth 22nd April 2005. 2nd April 2007, 13 April 2007, 30 April 2008, 22nd April 2010.
Small Cabbage White seen 13th April 2007, 20th April 2010.
Orange Tip Butterfly seen. 16th April 2007, 17 April 2011.
Small Tortoiseshell seen at Penistone 16 April 2007, 18 April 2011, 6 April 2013.
Green Hairstreak seen Oxenhope moor 22nd April 2010.
Bluebells at Haworth are starting to flower 25th April 2007.
Wood Anemone flowering 24th April 2009
Common Lizard seen at Penistone moor April 20th 2009

April days sometimes ar bad; An April fooils ar sometimes mad.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus April 1873
Fra nah, perceive, the birds harmonious voice; Fra nah the cows exalt, and friskin lams rejoice.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus April 1874

If you have any dates, information about weather or observations about nature, stories or folklore relating to this month contact us and if suitable will add to the page - please local to Haworth and the surrounding area only.





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