Nature goes all out in Cornwall every Spring, sprinkling colour, fragrance and beauty everywhere, from the vibrant gardens at Callestock to the thriving seal colonies along the coast. Here's our top seven sights that are at their very best this month.
These stunning creatures perfectly capture the fun and joy of our surroundings here in Cornwall. Watch them play in the Bay, splashing alongside the fishing boats and even venturing close to the shore.
Even when the dolphins aren't putting on a show, the views and walks around the Bay are breath-taking.
Nestled in the shadow of St Michael's Mount, the RSPB Nature Reserve near Penzance is the largest freshwater reedbed in Europe, attracting thousands of migratory birds every year (don't tell too many people, but it's also one of the top sights for spotting the rare aquatic warbler).
Visit at dusk and you may also be lucky enough to catch a murmuration of starlings at the Reserve. A swooping mass of thousands of small birds coming home to the reedbed is a sight to behold. And don't forget we have our own rooks and crows here at Callestock that come home to roost each evening in the woods adjacent to the farm.
Mutton Cove, a clear stretch of sand on Cornwall's North Atlantic coast is home to a large Grey Seal colony. Visit at low tide and you'll likely see males and females basking on the shoreline - take your binoculars and you may even spy some pups.
There's a National Trust Carpark at Godrevy - park here and follow the road up past the toilet block, turn right, cross the field as sign-posted and follow the worn path to the clifftop. Careful as you approach and don't make any loud noises as it can distress the seals below.
Did you know a female lobster can carry around 20,000 eggs under her abdomen, but only one (ONE!) is expected to survive in the wild. This worthy charity in the seaside port of Padstow works hard to improve the survival rate of juvenile lobsters, through education, fund-raising and research.
After visiting the hatchery, we always like to wander along the quay, before indulging in some fresh fish and chips straight from the paper, watching the fishing boats coming and going in the harbour.
The historic 120 acre gardens of Caerhays are home to around 80 species of magnolias. Spring is the ideal time to visit, as the magnolias come into full bloom, along with the historic rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.
This peaceful Nature Reserve is accessible from the cottages and barns here at Callestock, so if the sun's shining and you'd like to see the countryside without having to take to the car, it's only a short walk.
You can read more about the Reserve here, but if you plan to walk here during your stay, talk to Liz and she can give you the inside scoop from a local's point of view.
They've got red legs, red bill and a glossy black plumage - and their association with Cornwall goes back to the 13th Century. Choughs appear on the Cornish flag, and are known as the county's national bird.
Travel to the Lizard Peninsula and see how many you can spot, nesting in the cliffs and swooping down to the waves below. One of our favourite places to watch the choughs is near Kynance Cove in West Cornwall (used in the BBC's adaptation of Poldark's Nampara Cove).
Longer days are now with us and Cornwall doesn't stay this quiet for long - give it a few more weeks and the schools will be out for Easter - get in early and avoid the rush with a short break at the rural idyll of Callestock Courtyard.
Prices start at just £275 for two people:
As ever, you can expect a freshly baked Cornish cream tea on arrival, to enjoy in the Spring sunshine outside your holiday accommodation.