Cornwall is one of the first places in the UK to have spring with temperatures statistically a couple of degrees warmer than the rest of the country. Our temperatures are moderated by the warm Gulf Stream coming up from the Caribbean which is why we have a large variety of sub tropical plants in our gardens.
This time of year is ideal for exploring the tranquil shores of the Fal Estuary stopping in on some strategically placed pubs serving up hot chocolates and warming home made food.
The paths around the estuary are deserted except for a few friendly local dog walkers. It gives walkers a good chance to watch the birds that come to spend winter in the shelter of the creeks - you may even be luck enough to spot some of the more shy residents - the otters!
The seals have begun showing their pups off too and you can see them bouncing about in the waves around Black Rock or taking shelter on an exposed rock at low water.