Visible and audible life fills the spring of deciduous and herb-rich forests

The arrival of spring brings an end to the wintry silence of deciduous and herb-rich forests. The snows melt away into streams and the warmth of the sun kick-starts the new growing season. Everywhere you look, there are new shoots sprouting among the leaf litter, and spring bloomers cover the forest floor in flowers. Pollinators buzz above the sea of flowers and passionate birdsong fills the air. Tree buds bulge and sprout into leaves, quickly covering everything in green.

The herb-rich forests of Ruissalo
Herb-rich forests are venues for annual spring singing competitions
A nocturnal hunter hooting in the spring night
The vernal splendour of flowers in herb-rich forests
Lily of the valley – the beautiful but poisonous national flower of Finland
The bats of Ruissalo: The beginning of the flight season