Ten Things to Do at Steart Marshes in Spring

Nature is gradually wakening from its winter slumber. The warmth of the sun is encouraging new life. It’s time to shrug off the blanket of winter and emerge into the welcoming embrace of spring. Our wetlands wave goodbye to some of their winter residents and greet a host of new arrivals. Here are some ideas on how to explore the site in spring.

1. Walk your dog.
Dogs are permitted on our reserve when kept on a lead or under close control. Walking your dog is a great way to explore our pathways.

2. Search for signs of spring.
Listen out for the distinctive calls of the cuckoo and the skylark. Witness the departure of overwintering birds and the arrival of our summer residents. Hunt for colourful caterpillars, butterflies and dragonflies. Spot the bright yellow flowers of the marsh marigold.

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WWT / Ross Paxton

3. Bring your camera.
Take advantage of the emerging wildlife to try and capture some great shots in the varying lights of spring.

4. Listen to birdsong.
April and May are the perfect times to get up (very) early and listen to the dawn chorus. On our wetlands this is a very different sound to a traditional woodland experience.

5. Boxercise.
March is the best time to catch a glimpse of hares boxing on Otterhampton Marshes.


WWT / Simon Stirrup

6. Go pond dipping.
Keep an eye on our social media channels for a chance to join a pond dipping session and discover what lives in our wetland waterways.

7. Ride a bike.
Bring your bike and cycle the Otterhampton loop – and again! Or keep an eye on our website and social media channels for details of bike hire dates or bike events.

8. Look out for firsts.
Throughout spring we are treated to an endless succession of ‘firsts’. The first tadpoles, the first swallows, the first family of swans. These experiences can fill us with a sense of wonder and possibility.


WWT / Charlie Waring

9. Enjoy a bespoke guided walk.
Don’t know your duck from your wader? Want to learn more about saltmarshes? Our friendly volunteers can tailor a guided walk to your interests.

10. Sign up to volunteer with us.
Our wardens lead groups of volunteers in practical work all year round. Or join up to engage with other visitors about the reserve and its wildlife. You can help us to make a difference.

Featured image: WWT / Sam Stafford