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By the third week in February, signs of spring were already being noted thick and fast.

In this photograph – right – honey bees are setting out to gather the year’s first pollen, perhaps from gorse, hazel or even some early dandelions.

The very next day my first enormous queen bumble bee, newly emerged from hibernation, was spotted in our garden.

The first frogs were being seen in their traditional breeding ponds.

No doubt a heron seen wading in a client’s garden pond had also noticed the same thing.

The first daffodil blooms were bravely pioneering the way for for those which would follow in bright profusion.

The first lambs were spotted out and about on the pastures.

The first young rabbits of the spring were spilling out of the warrens, although the youngsters were reluctant to venture far from their doorstep.

Evolution has taught even these tiny ones about their place in nature’s food chain.

Small wonder then, that spring is so many people’s favourite season, so full of promise and so unstoppable in its ponderously slow eight week progression up through Britain, from the south coast all the way to the far north.

Even in the heart of the cities, the most urbanised of folk cannot help but notice a few of these signs and feel better for it.

See how many signs of spring you can spot as you are out and about on your daily travels.

More Country Corner in this week’s paper