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Northern Ireland's early spring buds are blooming lovely

BY LINDA STEWART

Spring has sprung early this year, with ladybirds and butterflies spotted taking to the air in Northern Ireland before the start of March.

Sightings of butterfly species such as red admiral, small tortoiseshell and peacock have all increased across the UK this year, the Woodland Trust says.

The Trust said the signs of spring are upon us, with frogspawn appearing in ponds, hawthorn buds bursting into leaf, celandine in flower and Holly Blue butterflies seen at Glasswater Wood in Crossgar.

But Dr Kate Lewthwaite, Woodland Trust Nature's Calendar Project manager, warned: "The risk now is from snow and freezing weather making its presence felt and species, like frogspawn which have taken advantage of the warmer conditions, may find themselves caught out."

It comes as the Armagh Observatory reveals this winter has been the wettest in 20 years.

Scientists at the observatory said this winter was also sunnier than average and slightly warmer.

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