A sunny Sunday morning walk took me through woodland bursting with signs that spring is really upon us.
Not only are the hawthorn and birch trees exploding into action but amongst them the birds are getting busy.
Its always worth dropping in on the visitor centre at Sale Water Park. Although recent cutbacks mean that the centre is no longer open to people every day. However, the bird feeder is regularly stocked up.
By mid-morning all of the main paths were getting busy with people out walking and jogging. In the meantime there were still a few quiet corners down by the ponds where it was business as usual for the heron.