What to look out for in March...

Mad March hares!

An evening walk across farmland at this time of year is likely to reward you with the sight of a hare, or even a pair of hares battling. These fights are in fact not a pair of males, but usually a female attempting to fight of a male she doesn't want to mate with. As female hares are larger than males, she will usually win, and gets to choose a more attractive partner.

First migrant birds arriving

The first migrant birds usually appear in March. The wheatear spends the winter in tropical Africa and then travels in the UK in the spring to breed.

Sand martins are another early migrant, look out for their pale underneaths with a brown chest band.

March is a good time to see chiff chaffs, as more arrive from Europe and Africa at this time of year. Some chiff chaffs do over winter in Suffolk, but many migrate south for winter. Listen for their distinctive 'chiff-chaff' calls.

You may also see the first swallows arriving towards the end of March, after their epic journey from South Africa, travelling 200 miles a day.

Geese gathering

Visit any wetland and you are likely to see geese gathering ready to fly north. Look for their famous V shaped flying formations called skeins.

Spring flowers

Take a moment to look down and see how many spring flowers you can identify.

Wood anemone
Dandelion
Lesser celandine
Marsh marigold
Daffodil
Snowdrop

Listen for bird song

March is a perfect time to start learning the birds' chorus. Many birds will sing loudly at this time of year as they work out their territories. Species you are likely to hear are blackbird, mistle thrush, song thrush and robin. Close your eyes and see how many different songs you can recognise.