Spring is promised as soon as late winter temperatures rise. On crisp, bright days the first peacock and comma butterflies venture from their roosts, accompanied perhaps by queen buff-tailed and white-tailed bumblebees, and, on heaths and dunes, by male adders. In no time, despite freezing temperatures at night, frogs and toads call from ponds and tadpoles hatch in icy water. On bare fields, especially in the north and west of the county, hares are much in evidence now, males jousting for supremacy in the competition to breed.
Comma butterfly, by Elizabeth Dack

Questions & advice

How can I learn bird songs and calls?
There are too many male mallards on our pond and they are chasing the females
How can I stop a heron from eating my fish?
Where is the best place to put up a barn owl box?
Where and when can I see stone curlews?
How can I feed birds and keep rats and squirrels away?
What time of year do swallowtails emerge?
What should I do if I find a great crested newt in my pond?
Can amphibians and fish live together?
Why are the tadpoles in my pond not developing?
What should I do if I have too much frogspawn in my pond?
How can I stop squirrels killing all the song bird chicks in my garden?
Do female birds sing?
Is it true that swifts can sleep when they are flying?
Where is the best place to put up a bird nest box?
If you translocate a newt to another pond will it go back to the ancestral pond?
Where is the best place to see the mad March hare in Norfolk?
Will the swallowtail butterfly be affected by rising sea levels?
How long will it take my frogspawn to turn into frogs?
How can I tell the difference between frogspawn and toad spawn?
Why is my frogspawn not developing properly?
Are solitary bees safe near children?
How do I make my garden better for solitary bees?
How can I tell if the bee home I have made is being used?
Will my bee home be reused next year?
Where will I find a Norfolk hawker?
How can I attract reptiles to my garden?
Where can I see reptiles in Norfolk?
Are snakes harmful?
What is happening to bumblebees?
What is the difference between dragonflies and damselflies?
Why do hares box?
How can I help bumblebees?
What does a comma butterfly look like?
What reptiles can I see in Norfolk?
What is the difference between an adder a grass snake and a slow worm?
What are the differences between newt species?
What is the difference between a common frog and a common toad?
What is the gestation period of a grass snake?
Do bumblebees die if they sting?
How can I get involved in monitoring bird populations?
Are toads likely to breed in my pond?
How do I deal with a swarm of bees?
Toads on the road