Trees and plants are beginning to blossom, with many wild spring flowers starting to show, such as daffodils, bluebells and crocuses, and trees restoring to their vibrant greens.
Small woodland creatures are making an appearance after a long winter of hibernation or torpor, a state of inactivity during the colder months. Animals such as hedgehogs, squirrels, badgers, rabbits, voles and dormice can now be found out in the open throughout the warmer months.
Local woodlands include Kilpatrick Hills, Cuningar Loop and Riccard Johnston, all peaceful green spaces and wildlife havens for the public to enjoy.
Colin Peacock, community and visitor services manager at Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “Spring and summer is the perfect time for families to get outdoors and enjoy the country’s beautiful greenspaces together. It is also a great opportunity for parents to teach young children about the flora and fauna found in the woodlands, whilst seeing and experiencing the natural environment for themselves to support their learning.
“Hibernation typically takes place any time from October to April, and with the harsh winter we’ve had this year, the small woodland animals are only just beginning to make an appearance for spring – a perfect time to spot a hedgehog or two!
“Scotland is full of multipurpose woodlands for both adults and children to enjoy, whether this is a relaxing woodland walk with the family, or a strenuous hill walk or jogging, there is a woodland for everyone.”
For more information on your nearest greenspace or to find out more about how woodlands can help improve health, please visit scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit
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