Springtime is a wonderful time of the year at Layhead. Flowers are blooming and the wildlife is waking from its slumber. Here are 5 springtime wonders to look out for at Layhead.
Previous guests who have stayed at Layhead from around now into the end of April will have seen the beautiful display of Daffodils lining the driveway up to Field House. Considered one of the heralds of spring, they produce a glorious golden carpet swaying in the breeze.
The woods surrounding Layhead Farm Cottages are awash with these beautiful traditional flowers. The best time to see them is from late April through to June. If you want to completely surround yourself in bluebells and other springtime flowers, take a walk to Oxenber Wood. Don’t forget your camera! CLICK HERE
How the merry bluebell rings,
To the mosses underneath…
Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Adeline”
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Most of our Swallows spend the winter months in South Africa, around 10,000km (6,000 miles) away. Early to mid-April is the best time to see swallows on the move, at this time large numbers often gather over water bodies to feed on emerging aquatic invertebrates; sailing lakes, gravel pits and reservoirs are all good places to look before finally arriving in Rathmell.
Although not as many as there used to be, you can still see brown hares in the fields surrounding Layhead. These majestic creatures can reach up to speeds of 40 miles per hour at full pelt. The brown hare’s great speed can make it a tricky character to get a good look at. Luckily, “mad March hares” choose a different sport in the spring, taking up boxing instead of sprinting. This is usually the female spurning the advances of an amorous male. Despite rumours to the contrary, the Easter Bunny who will be visiting us later in the spring is not a rabbit but a hare.
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One of our favourite mammals here at Layhead. Hedgehogs usually hibernate from October/November through to March/April. Sadly on the incline, mainly due to wandering onto roads at night, we are constantly on the lookout for hedgehogs, checking the cattle grids on a regular basis for any unfortunate ones who may have fallen in.
For more information about hedgehogs and how you can help them CLICK HERE