Nature’s Calendar: April Roundup

Following on from our April Nature’s Calendar podcast, here’s a roundup of some of the best of nature this month. 

National Nature

Butterflies are back! Natural Scotland recommended this handy Butterfly conservation guide to identifying them.

If you go down to the woods today be sure of a blue suprise! BBC springwatch tells us how to find our nearest bluebell woods (plus there’s a great slideshow if you want to imagine you’re there right now).  

If you hear a cuckoo, nightingale or turtle dove in the woods, enjoy it. Sadly spring may lose these sounds in the future, according to the Guardian

Look out, flies are about pretending to be bees! Crafty Green Poet Juliet Wilson recommends reading all about ‘bee mimic flies’ on the Natural Histroy Museam, London website.

There’s a week left to hunt for a pond (and some newts) in the Great Easter Newt hunt, running from 22nd Apr to 2nd May.

And while you’re outside, Lily Horseman brings us a step by step guide to build a fabby fire popcorn maker from two old sives and some wire.   

If you want a taster of nature from the comfort of your armchair, you could try remote viewing? Seabirds are getting jiggy with it on the islands of the Firth of Forth at the Scottish Seabird Centre

The puffin burrow camera at RSPB Sumburgh Head is back but the puffins have disappeared, can you spot them?

Speaking of disappearing, Wildlife Whisperer TV Simon King keeps telling me a posing hedgehog is live on Cam 1…. and I keep missing it. Tell me if you see it (I’ll have remote hedgehog envy). 

Finally there are some fantastic articles on UK and Eire Natural History Bloggers this month (including our blog).   

Edinburgh Nature

If you feel like going for a walk and want some company, Informed Edinburgh have published a list of Edinburgh Walking groups.

Or how about a bikeride to Cammo this Saturday with GreenerLeith? If you want to plan your own off road bikeride you could use the London underground style innertube map.

Earlier this month we reported on Himalayan Balsam and Japanese knotweed in our podcast.  Alex Stuart has now written more about these invasive plants on the Goldenacre Path.  

There are lots of great nature related events happening listed on STV Local.

There’s a daily nature photo blog from Anthony Robson at Wild Edinburgh that’s well worth checking out.

Lastly, I’ve enjoyed some of the sightings you’ve been tweeting about on twitter. I’ve put together some of my favourite comments with storify:


If you have anything you would like to see included in the monthly Nature Roundup please add it to the comments below of get in touch with me via twitter.

Written by Emily Dodd