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March 2017

Photographers Resource

ISSN 2399-6706

Issue No: 158

The Paddy Power Flyer taking racing enthusiasts to the Races during The Cheltenham Festival on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

March is the start of spring with nature coming back to life and the wildlife becoming more active after the winter. The dawn chorus is now a feature of our early mornings. The days are already getting longer, giving us more daylight hours to get out and explore with our cameras. At the end of the month they start to become longer still, once British Summer Time starts.
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There are two Patron Saints days on March, St David' Day in Wales on the 1st and St Patrick's Day Ireland on the 17th, celebrated with colourful parades and jollity in major cities like Cardiff, London, Birmingham, and Manchester. On the 26th it is Mothers Day.

The diary starts to get busy now with lots of fun activities to do and events available throughout the UK and as spring progresses more are added. This month this includes some major animal events such as Crufts, the Cheltenham Festival, the Shire Horse Spring Show and more.

It's also the annual British Alpaca Futurity on the 25th and 26th March, at The International Centre, in Telford. Here breeders get to show off their prized British born alpacas in the show ring, but it also showcases the making of products from their fibres.

Alpacas are not native to the UK, coming from Peru, but they are becoming a more common site. There are many places around the UK where you can now get to see them, take a walk with them, get hands on and learn about them. Two such places I've visited are the West Wight Alpacas near Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and the Llama Park, on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in West Sussex.


For photographers, it is the annual showcase of all that is available in the photographic industry with The Photography Show at the NEC, Birmingham running from the 18th to 21st. It is the only major photographic show in the UK, and well worth a visit if you want to see a vast array of products in one place or pick up tips in the exhibition and theatre areas.
From late February to early April Daffodil's will be bursting through the ground, the exact flowering date will depend on the weather. Their bulbs spend most of the year underground and at this time of year they push themselves through the surface to create yellow carpets of colour in parks, woodlands and gardens. The UK's truly wild variety, which can be seen in concentrated pockets in the Lake District and Gloucestershire, as well as other locations, have two-tone yellow flowers, narrow trumpets and forward pointing petals, they also tend to carry their head slightly bowed.

The poet Wordsworth was inspired by those that bloom around the Lake District, and in Kempley Gloucestershire you can meander around a 10 mile footpath to see them in their natural habitat.

Whilst looking around the woodland floor, keep an eye open for the yellow heads of celandines or the white star petal of the wood anemone.

Daffodil, the Emblem of Wales

Finally March sees the start of British Summer Time, when all clocks in the UK go FORWARD 1 hour on the 26th March.

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