Colouring Pages Set 1 - What to see on the trail through the year:

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Easily spotted with its distinctive head plume which 

it fluffs out when courting. In winter the plume is not so
but the bird has a distinctive white face and
neck. It can 
often be spotted on the reservoirs
but dives for long 
periods and comes up in
quite unexpected places.

These well known residents on the reservoirs are Mute
– called that because they are quiet and only make
hissing sounds when annoyed. They can be identified by their
orange bill with a black knob
at the base and also their 
graceful curved neck.

Most daffodils on the Trail are cultivated ones
which have strong yellow petals and trumpet.
The wild daffodils are smaller and paler

with a darker yellow trumpet. Before
they open a papery spathe protects the

petals. Either way the trumpets 
the coming of spring and sunshine.


This name means ‘first rose’ and is one of the early
spring flowers. Its creamy yellow petals glow in the shady
woodland where it grows, like a cheerful herald of sunshine
to come. It grows in clumps from the centre of a rosette of
toothed and wrinkled leaves. 

One of Britain’s commonest birds which can be identified
by its light brown face, pink chest and white bands on
its black wings. It roams widely in flocks in
search of seeds and insects in gardens and parks. 
 Peacock butterfly: 

So called because of the large ‘eyes’ on the wings which 
resemble those on a peacock’s tail. It has four such
‘eyes’ – one on each wing – which are a clever means of
defence because when disturbed it opens its wings and it
seems as if the eyes of a fierce animal are looking out.

The Emperor dragonfly has the largest wingspan
of any insect and can fly at speeds of almost 20 mph as
it patrols the water’s edge looking for prey.
These it spots with its huge eyes and catches it with
its bristly legs. The male is brilliant blue with black bands.

The most beautifully coloured of birds with electric
blue wings and brilliant orange chest. It flies so fast
that is difficult to spot and is gone in a flash. It has tiny red
feet but a long dagger-like bill. It likes to wait on trees
overhanging water where it can spot fish below. 

Also known as brambles these plants grow vigorously
on any wasteland. They form dense clumps with sharp
thorned stems which make ideal hide-aways for
animals and birds which eat the berries. Before the
berries come in September a delicate pink flower forms.

A very solitary bird which likes quite water side spots
where it stand perfectly still for long periods waiting for
fish which it stabs with its long dagger-like bill. It is
difficult to spot because it blends in so well with its 
surrounds and usually spots us first so that we only
notice it when it is flying away. Its long legs and long
thin neck, which it fold back in flight, make it very
distinctive. It is light grey with darker markings.

One of the most colourful birds, or at least the
male is with a yellow bill, maroon breast and
shimmering green head. The female is a mottled
brown with a blue wing streak and orange bill.
Their distinctive behaviour is that instead of
diving for food they just upend and they can
spring straight into the air from the water. 

Associated with Christmas it is more noticeable in
winter when its chest glows a brighter red. Though
it is cheeky in following gardeners as they dig and
aggressive to other birds it is quite shy and likes to hide
in the bushes.

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