Spring, a time of renewal when fresh shoots push their way up through the cold earth and buds swell on skeletal trees. As daylight lengthens in the Borders every day brings a new discovery; coltsfoot flowers standing tall along the riverbank, cherry blossom blowing in the breeze, the fresh zingy green of a new woodland canopy, spots on hairy lungwort leaves and the brilliant blue flowers of alkanet nestled in their dark green leaves.
High on the hill hares are boxing and black grouse males are raising their tail feathers to attract a mate. For a few days of the year quiet ponds are teaming with frogs and toads leaving behind a thick soup of eggs.
On the river, colourful oystercatchers can be heard “p-weeping” to attract a mate or establish a territory. In the woods, under eaves or in small caves, hedgehogs and bats awaken from their winter sleep to go in search of insects and grubs. On the coast, sea birds return to their nesting sites to build nests on precarious ledges high above the foam.
Spring in the woods and heath brings the yellow of gorse flowers, primroses and cowslips to an ever changing palette which makes the Scottish Borders so unique.
Spring can be seen in all its renewing glory right across the region but, the following places offer particular examples of what the season is all about and the world-class natural offering we have:
- Snowdrops and Bluebells at Kailzie Gardens by Peebles, Mellerstain House by Kelso and Manderston House near Duns
- Coastal seabirds and cliff-top gardens of Thrift on the cliffs at St Abbs's Head NNR and the Berwickshire Coastal Path
- Dawn chorus at Duns Castle Nature Reserve, Ettrick Marshes, Glenkinnon Burn and Pease Dean.
Use the navigator bar at the side of the page to discover the range of events and other opportunities we have here in the Scottish Borders to get you closer to nature, to see and experience its excitement and its spectacles and to get in amongst its never ending stories.