Check for nesting birds nests in hedges and shrubs.
Watch for bats at dusk.
Peony buds emerge and explode like floral fireworks. Richly exuberant. Short-lived blooms, but spectacular for as long as they last.
By mid-may the lilac are in bloom – fragrant and abundant. Always makes me dream of Chagall’s lyrical donkeys and flying lovers. Lilac are the flower of young love.
Bearded iris come into flower late May.
Summer migrant birds such as swifts, swallows and martins, usually arrive to the UK in April and May. They winter in Africa.