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Nature and wildlife March


Nature and wildlife March

March - an overview

March brings with it the anticipation of Spring; 21st March is the Vernal or Spring Equinox when there is equal periods of night and day and officially marks the start of Spring. March can have warm days, but can still be a reminder that winter still has a grip with snow, heavy rain and cold north winds.

What to see

Lambs will be out on pasture and moorland.

Lapwings which arrived late February will be establishing their territory over pasture and moorland. They are so called because of their undulating flight, and also known as "peewit" due to its characteristic calling sound. You can see their aerobatic tumbling which is part of their courtship ritual and territory display.

Natural food for birds is easier for them to find as the insect population increases and buds appear. Birds such as the Blackbird, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and Robin will be singing more frequently, establishing territories in preparation for nest building and rearing young. Putting out food for them will still help at this time of year as the all too often sudden cold snap can make it difficult.

Frogs will continue to move to breeding ponds to spawn, replacing the frogspawn that may have died from frosts.

Key dates:

19 March 2005 Ladybirds seen at Marsh near Oxenhope.
9th March 2007 Celadine flowering near Long bridge.
24th March 2010 Coltsfoot seen flowering at Haworth
20 March 2012 Small Copper butterfly seen at Haworth
30 March 2012 Peacock butterfly seen at Haworth
First Bumble Bee seen, 12th March 2007, 19th March 2009.
First Bats seen, 14th March 2007, 10th March 2009, 26 March 2011.
24th March 2010 Chiffchaff heard singing at Bridgehouse Beck
24th March 2010 Skylark on Penistone and Haworth moor.
24th March 2010 Oystercatcher seen at Leeshaw Reservoir.
5th March 2009 Curlew seen at Ponden. 8th March 2009 seen on Haworth moor. 13th March 2010 at Haworth moor.
Lapwings first seen 13th March 2009 at Leeshaw. 2nd March 2010 at Marsh.
9th March 2010, 2nd March 2011, Frogspawn at Greenfields Haworth

Nivver a month throughout the year Changes so often or is so queer.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus March 1873

Now winter's rage abates, an cheerful haars, Awakes the spring, and spring awakes the flaars.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus March 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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