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Hedgehogs are stirring, birds are singing and daffodils are blooming. Spring has arrived in London's eight Royal Parks and to celebrate we have ten suggestions on how you can make the most of this season

For a full list of events in the Royal Parks visit our What's On calendar.

1. Heron watch with RSPB in Regent's Park 

Everyday from 3-19 April join the Royal Society of Protection of Birds (RSPB)  to discover one of London's largest Grey Heron colonies in Regent's Park. 

Volunteers will be on hand to share their knowledge of the birds and to help get a closer look with binoculars and scopes. Look out for the large RSPB 'Love Nature' show-van next to the boating lake.

2. Learn how to grow your own vegetables 

 Have you always dreamed of growing your own fruit and veg but don't know where to start?

Well, the Royal Parks have three showcase allotments (in Regent's Park, Greenwich Park and Kensington Gardens) designed to inspire and teach you how to grow your own produce; whether you have a garden, balcony or simply a window box.

Come spring, the allotments host regular free 'Meet the Expert' days, with the first session this season focusing on seed sowing, and held in Greenwich Park on Saturday 25 April.

3. Get fit in the Royal Parks

Now it's spring, forget the gym and get some fresh air in your lungs with a raft of sporting activities to choose from in the Royal Parks.  Why not try horse riding in Richmond, tennis in the newly refurbished courts in Greenwich Park, swimming in the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park, or running in Regent's Park? In Primrose Hill check out the recently refurbished Trim Trail - an outdoor free gym. 

4. Bring the children along to a flower themed  Discovery  Day at Hyde Park

On the 8 and 9 April join The Royal Parks Foundation at The Lookout to embark on a nature trail where you will unearth hidden plant facts.

Venture into its Discovery Rooms where you can make a daisy bookmark, craft a flower on a stick and sow a seed in a plant pot you've made. 

No need to book, drop in anytime between 11am-3pm.

5. Listen to the sounds of Spring

When visiting London's eight Royal Parks you may notice its spring by the sight of leaves returning to the trees or the colours of the flowers in bloom, but close your eyes and you may hear spring in the form of Woodpeckers drumming, Nuthatches calling or Chiff Chaffs singing.

The best time to hear birds singing is at sunrise when they sing more frequently, vigorously and louder. Referred to as a dawn chorus, male birds sing to attract a mate or warn other males from their territory. Females often choose a mate who sings best, as it's a reflection of how strong and fit they are.

6. Visit the colourful Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

In April and May the Isabella Plantation is a sight to behold, as it bursts with colour from the exotic azaleas and rhododendrons in bloom.

To enable more people to enjoy this enchanting 40 acre woodland garden, a free minibus service will operate every Wednesday from 1 April until the 26 August. The fully accessible minibus drives a complete circuit of the park stopping at Richmond Park car parks and the Isabella Plantation. It also stops outside the park at Ham Common crossroads (65 bus stop) and the barrier in Danebury Avenue, near Roehampton Gate.

Download the bus timetable.

7. Watch The Vitality World Triathlon in Hyde Park on 30 and 31 May

Since its inception in 2009, this event has attracted the world's best triathletes as part of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Series as well as thousands of recreational triathletes from every corner of the globe to swim, bike and run on the iconic Hyde Park course.

Grandstand tickets for the thrilling elite races in which athletes compete for Olympic qualification are priced at £25 and go on sale Thursday 26 March.

For more information visit the ITU website

8. Enjoy an evening of live jazz at the Pavilion Café in Greenwich Park

Every Friday evening, from the 5 June until the end of August, The Pavilion Café will be hosting an evening of live jazz, as well as a barbeque and children's activities.

9. Watch a play under the stars in Regent's Park

Grab a glass of Pimms from the bar and take a seat at the award-winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Open from 15 May to12 September, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan will be the first production of the season.

Buy tickets from the Open Air Theatre website.

10. Live entertainment in Hyde Park

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park returns this year from 18 to 28 June with a summer extravaganza of entertainment, including the best of live music, sport, food and comedy.

Headline acts for 2015 include Blur, Taylor Swift, The Who, Kylie Minogue and The Strokes.

Buy your tickets from the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park website.



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