Welcome to our Springtime quiz. Spring is the time when everything starts to come back to life after the cold, harshness of winter, with the bees starting to buzz around the newly sprouted flowers.
How well do you know what goes on in spring?
When was the earliest known use of the term ‘spring cleaning’?
Spring cleaning has its roots in old traditions which date back to over 3,000 bc. If you have a hedgehog box which has been used for hibernation this year, don’t forget to give it a clean. Check out this guide to making and maintaining hedgehog homes in your garden.
Which of these flowers bloom in spring?
The sight of daffodils remind us all that Spring is here! After months of miserable cold weather, the sun is finally out and the wildlife are all waking up to the new spring. Heathers bloom in late summer and can keep their bloom in the autumn, Lilies bloom in autumn and Dahlias bloom in summer.
Which of these is not an objective of an ecology survey?
To disturb bats and to scare them away.
When considering your development proposals, the local planning authority and licensing agencies require information to determine the effects of the development on bats. This will identify which species, if any, are present and to identify if mitigation, compensation or enhancement measures are required.
During spring, it is common for bats to accidentally get into living quarters. What should you do if this occurs?
During which months of the year can newt surveys be undertaken?
March to June
If you are planning to develop a site that has ponds or water bodies then you may need to undertake a great crested newt survey to assess whether the pond is used by this species for breeding. Now is the time to start planning these surveys as great crested newts can only be undertaken between March and June when great crested newts are present in ponds. It is possible to undertake terrestrial surveys outside of this season, using drift fencing and pitfall traps, although this will not be sufficient to confirm whether a pond is used by breeding great crested newt. The surveys can also be done to establish whether they are present, but this does not give an indication of the population size. If great crested newt DNA is confirmed in the pond by eDNA surveys, the standard surveys will still be required in order to estimate the population size
How many pups does a bat usually have each year?
Bats are unusual for mammals of their size. They have small numbers of young.
Adult frogs emerge from their overwintering sites in early Spring and head straight to a pond to breed. How old are frogs when they reach breeding age?
2-3 years old
Males will often hitch a ride on females on their way to the pond to breed by using their single vocal sac and attracting a female with their dulcet tones. The eggs are then laid in the ponds after breeding in January onward, depending on the unpredictable UK weather. Two to four weeks later tadpoles will begin to hatch out! Frog tadpoles can be distinguished from toad tadpoles as they have gold/brown speckles, whereas toad tadpoles are black. Whilst they are developing they feed on algae and water fleas. At around 16 weeks they begin to grow hind legs and then front legs. Once their tail disappears they begin to roam out of the water as tiny froglets. This occurs in early summer to early autumn. Check out more information here.
Spring is often associated with the start of the pollen season. In fact some pollen types can release as early as...
Tree pollen occurs first, typically peaking from late March to mid-May, which affects around 25% of people. However, trees such as hazel, yew and alder can start releasing pollen in January. The majority of people are allergic to grass pollen and this season lasts from mid-May until July. Check out these facts from the Met Office.
Spring is considered the most popular season to do what?
Buy a new house
If your new home/land needs some renovations and your local planning authority asks you to arrange for some ecological surveys, such as bat surveys or preliminary ecological appraisals, check out our guides on what this means and when these surveys can be undertaken.
Who said, “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming"?
Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet. He was 13 years old when he became a poet, and wrote a variety of poems from surrealist poems to passionate love poems. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971.
We hope you enjoyed our Springtime Quiz! When the weather gets hotter, you'll be able to complete out Summertime Quiz - so keep your eyes peeled!
Spring is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. Check out our website for more information about spring, ecology and our services.