Springtime Quiz

Springtime Quiz

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?

Springtime Quiz

Question 1 of 10.

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.

Question 2 of 10.

Which of these flowers bloom in spring?



Nothing says spring like the sight of daffodils! After months of grey skies and rain, these first signs of the new season are very welcome. You can enjoy the blooming bulbs planted both in formal garden and woodland areas. Heathers bloom in late summer and can keep their bloom in the autumn, Lilies bloom in autumn and Dahlias bloom in summer.

Question 3 of 10.

Which of these is not an objective of an ecology survey?

Establish the presence/ likely absence of the bat roosts within trees and buildings.
Identify the activity of bats across the site and key commuting and foraging routes.
Recommend ecological mitigation and enhancement where required.
To disturb bats and to scare them away.

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.

Question 4 of 10.

During spring, it is common for bats to accidentally get into living quarters. What should you do if this occurs?

Call a registered bat carer.
Ignore them.
Try to hurt them, so they get out of the living space.
Cry about it.

A registered bat carer

Harming a bat is against the law! If you help them out by putting the lights on, they will direct themselves towards the darkness and then leave your property. If you have an injured bat, check out the Bat Conservation Trust guidance.

Question 5 of 10.

During which months of the year can newt surveys be undertaken?

March to June
April to July
May to August
June to September

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

Question 6 of 10.

How many pups does a bat usually have each year?



Bats are unusual for mammals of their size. They have small numbers of young. Many bats have only one baby per year, others one to two, and just a few have as many as four.

Question 7 of 10.

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?

0-1 years old
1-2 years old
2-3 years old
3-4 years old

2-3 years old

Males have a single vocal sac under the chin and may ‘piggyback’ to the pond on a female.  Clumps of spawn (eggs) are laid in ponds anytime from January (in south-west England) onwards. Depending on local weather conditions, two to four weeks later tadpoles will hatch out. As they grow the tadpoles become faintly speckled with gold/brown, which distinguishes them from Common Toad tadpoles which are black.  They feed on algae and water fleas. After around 16 weeks the tadpoles start to grow back legs, followed by front legs. When they have fully absorbed their tails, they leave the water as tiny froglets, usually in early Summer but sometimes as late as September. Check out more information here.

Question 8 of 10.

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. Most people are allergic to grass pollen (which actually has two peaks) and the season lasts from mid-May until July. Weed pollen can be released at any time but the season typically covers the end of June to September. However, dependent upon where you live in the UK, the hay fever season will start at different times. For example, there’s a later start and shorter season in the north of the UK, where generally there is less pollen. Urban areas have lower counts than the countryside, and places inland have higher counts than around the coast. Check out these facts from the Met Office.

Question 9 of 10.

Spring is considered the most popular season to do what?

Make long-term plans
Start university
Buy a new house

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.

Question 10 of 10.

Who said, “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming"?

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Pablo Neruda
Albert Einstein
Sylvia Plath

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet. Neruda became known as a poet when he was 13 years old, and wrote in a variety of styles, including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems such as the ones in his collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
Why did Batman's sidekick move to Homer Simpson's town?
He wanted to be the first Robin of Springfield!

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.

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