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19-03-2012 : CANAL WILDLIFE TO LOOK FOR IN SPRING

Spring has arrived so why not book a Discount Boat Hire Holiday and discover the wealth of wildlife in our beautiful countryside.

As you gentle cruise on the waterways listen for the song of the skylark.

You will soon discover why the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote The Lark Ascending and the poet William Wordsworth wrote about the bird in To a Skylark.

Before the bluebells cover the woodland in a haze of blue the ramsons or wild garlic are spread themselves over the woodland floor.

When you pass by and brush against its luxuriant green blades, a thick garlicky smell descends over footpaths.

Look into the canal and if the water is clear enough, you make just be able to make out a huge tail fin, sleek mottled green body and shark like head of a pike.

It will be motionless, endlessly patient, waiting for a smaller fish to swim within range.

The first hedgerow flower to appear in the spring is the blackthorn and marvel as it bursts with clouds of small, starry white flowers.

Once this beautiful display of flowers is over, blackthorn comes into its own in autumn, when it bears small plum like fruits known as sloes.

The grey herons get a head start on the seasons by building their nests before winter ends.

Herons build rather untidy nests in the tops of trees, but considering that these birds are all leg, beak and neck, building anything in a precarious location is admirable.

Herons tend to nest in colonies of anything up to 30 nests in locations that are used year after year.

You may be lucky enough to spot these magnificent birds during your Discount Boat Hire Holiday.

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