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After a long, drawn-out winter, nature, animals, and humans alike salute the coming of spring. The increasingly balmy weather, longer days, and vibrant birdsong that fills the rural landscape as the forests explode into a brilliant emerald green, are scenes to behold during your holiday to Transylvania. Here are some our favourite spring events.
Spring is surely one of the best birding seasons of all, as bird migration and breeding get well underway. Transylvania, a haven of biodiversity of European importance, including important conservation areas such as Natura 2000 sites that surround the Estate – is a perfect area for birdwatching. Much of the area is made up of a mosaic of habitats surrounded by hilly pastures, hay meadows, deciduous forests, sprawling orchards, and small-scale holdings – making it one of the richest areas in Europe for nesting birds.
Here are some of the spectacular species you can spot in Transylvania this season:
Lesser Spotter Eagle (Aquila pomarina) is a rare, migratory bird of prey that has a population stronghold in Transylvania, due to open expanses of agricultural fields. Storks (Ciconia ciconia), a local symbol of rebirth, fertility, and prosperity, are returning by the end of March to prepare their nests for their future hatchlings.
Woodpeckers are also well represented by a variety of species, like the Wryneck (Jynx) a master of camouflage with its mottled brown plumage. Extravagant Hoopoes (Upupa epops) make their presence noticed with the distinctive two-note songs and brightly colorful Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) migrate all the way from Africa to feast on the local species of insects.
Transylvania holidays are a wonderful chance to explore the local avifauna with our dedicated ornithologist. Discover more nature activities you can try at Bethlen Estates Transylvania here.
One of the most remarkable transformations that can be observed during Spring is the awakening of the deciduous forests from their winter dormancy. Shades of green begin invading the forest floor, starting with ephemeral wildflowers, and the trees begin to gradually leaf out, painting the entire land into vibrant green.
In this awakening, the meadows and pastures of Transylvania partake. Home to some of Europe’s best-preserved farm grasslands, these habitats support a rich array of wildflowers and wildlife that thrives in the wilderness. Rich local grasses and wildflowers include valuable plants like clovers, sainfoin, and wild legumes sustaining the life of insects, birds, and mammals.
To witness the season of hope in its full glory, book your exclusive holiday to observe the first glimpses of spring indicated by the Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis), Spring Crocus (Crocus heuffelianus), Two leaf squill (Scilla bifolia), Sweet Violet (Viola sp.) and Dog’s-tooth-violet (Erythronium dens-canis) to name a few.
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