Wildlife to see in March

Go wildlife watching in MarchHares © Zsuzsanna Bird

From 'mad' March hares, to snakes and lizards and the highly anticipated arrival of our seabirds, there's plenty to look out for in March

Brown hares are now well into their breeding season and plenty of boxing activity occurs during March - what you may not know is this in fact the ladies and not the gentleman rolling with the punches! Try RSPB Bempton Cliffs or the Lower Derwent Valley for a ringside seat this month.

Visit RSPB Blacktoft Sands and you may well be rewarded with the sound of a booming bittern as these rare herons begin their breeding season. Cetti’s warblers, bearded tits and kingfishers can be spotted, as well as marsh harriers beginning their nest building.

Visit Skipwith Common early on a sunny spring morning and you are likely to find adders basking in the sun. The slender males appear first and bask in the sun, gathering strength for the emergence of the females a few days later.
Common and viviparous lizards are a great subject for photography and can be seen out and about this month. Look out for them at Skipwith Common or YWT Allerthorpe Common, or on the coast at YWT Spurn. Try to find sunny and warm corners of habitat out of the wind often where branches have collected into a pile or tree trunks have fallen and where the ground is dry.

The first puffins are returning to the chalk cliffs of Flamborough Headland, but anywhere from Staithes and Whitby south to Bridlington you could spot them on the sea. Their much larger neighbours the gannets are already busy on home improvement at RSPB Bempton Cliffs!

On the theme of migration, the keen-eyed may spot an early returning swallow or martin at YWT Spurn, and as the weeks go by, wheatears may start to put in an appearance too. Why not try a Spurn Safari tour aboard the giant moving hide, as well as taking a trip up the iconic Spurn Lighthouse?

Yorkshire Coast Nature

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