National Trust experts have predicted a hot summer could be on the way, as winter finally ends.
The spring equinox, which occurs today, formally marks the end of winter.
Matthew Oates, nature specialist at the National Trust, said: “We’ve had an unusually mild winter – yet again.
“UK-wide it has now been rather dry since mid-August. Perhaps a long, hot summer is brewing?
“Spring, by contemporary standards, is running just about on-time, though its progress will be slowed by cool, wet weather this week.
“However spring performs, the truth is that at spring’s beginning winter can be instantly forgotten.”
Longer, warmer days have seen wildlife begin to wake up at National Trust places across the country.
Rangers and gardeners from the conservation charity have taken to social media to share pictures of spring flowers, leaping lambs and nesting birds.
— Andrew Wright (@AndyBoxHill) March 17, 2017
— Nostell NT (@NostellNT) March 18, 2017
First day of Spring (Astronomical) pic.twitter.com/xSWbv9MldH
— Anglesey Abbey NT (@AngleseyAbbeyNT) March 20, 2017
Our beautiful shags are busy nest building at the moment. Some familiar faces ringed in previous years have returned such as RZF pictured! pic.twitter.com/nJhdDLbIdM
— The Farne Islands (@NTFarneIslands) March 19, 2017