Capture snapshots of spring in early bloom

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NOTTS County Council is appealing for any eagle-eyed wildlife or countryside lovers in Hucknall to take photographs of flowers appearing early in any of its country parks to be posted on its Facebook page.

Nationally, carpets of flowers are springing up early due to the mild winter.

According to Sue McDonald, countryside ranger at Bestwood Country Park, which is managed by the county council, even wildlife is responding to the warmer-than-usual winter.

Sue said: “We are not necessarily seeing a bloom of flowers, however I have seen some pink campion flowers which is a few months before they would traditionally show.

“However, birds such as robins and blackbirds have started to chirp their springtime songs which is unusual. Traditionally, they would make a calling sound at this time of year then burst into song at the end of February, but they are singing their spring songs early.”

If you have any images of flowers in bloom early, then send them into Notts County Council’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Nottinghamshire.

n OUR PHOTO shows snowdrops captured in Annesley after coming into bloom ahead of schedule — DISPIC NMAC12-0073-1