Light pollution is associated with earlier tree budburst across the United Kingdom

Ffrench-Constant et al. 2016

Scientists at the University of Exeter used Nature’s Calendar records to examine the relationship between artificial night-time light and the date of budburst in sycamore, beech, oak and ash. They found that earlier budburst in these species is associated with night-time lighting, and not just urban temperature effects. The late-budding species (oak and ash) were affected the most, with budburst occurring up to 7.5 days earlier in the brightest areas.

Read the full paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B



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