Cuckoo Trail Wildlife Spotter

Seasonal spotter guide on the Cuckoo Trail

There are lots of plants and animals to spot on the Cuckoo Trail throughout the year.

See how many you can find in Spring!

Cuckoo

A rare, greyish coloured bird with yellow legs and eyes, swept back wings and a long tail which spends the winter in Africa. Extra bonus points if you spot (or hear one) as this bird gave the trail its name!

Frogspawn

A jelly-like substance found in ponds and wet areas. Female frogs normally lay 3000 eggs in one go. The black dot in the centre of each egg will turn into a tadpole, which will then then grow legs and change into a frog.

Blackthorn blossom

Blackthorn is one of the first shrubs (small trees) to flower in the spring. The flowers are creamy-white, star-shaped and have 5 petals and the bark is almost black in colour.

St. Mark’s fly

A very small, black, shiny fly which can be seen around St. Mark’s dayon April 25th. They have dangly legs and can often be seen hovering in the air in a group.

Bluebell

Carpets of these beautiful, protected flowers, also known as fairy flowers, can be spotted in wooded areas. Bees rely heavily on the flowers’ nectar in the spring. Sometimes they ‘steal’ it by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell. Extra points if you can find a rare “albino” or white bluebell!

Wild Garlic

You will probably smell this plant before you see it. It has starry-white flowers, can be found in damp areas and is related to the onion. Cats really dislike this plant!

Early Purple Orchid

Look for spikes of purple pink flowers up to 40cm tall. The leaves have very distinctive black spots on them. Also known as dead man’s fingers!

Wild Garlic

You will probably smell this plant before you see it. It has starry-white flowers, can be found in damp areas and is related to the onion. Cats really dislike this plant!