Photos of the month: November

Judith Garforth, 14/12/2018

Thank you so much for all the time and effort you’ve put in to recording for Nature’s Calendar over the last month. Having recently returned to my role looking after the Nature’s Calendar project, after a year of maternity leave, I’ve been enjoying looking at the photos you’ve sent in using the new website. Here’s a selection of my favourites from November.

Oak

In total you sent in 643 records during November, 35 with a photo. Oak was particularly well recorded with just under 100 records submitted. Oak tends to be the last of the Nature’s Calendar trees to lose its leaves and some oaks will retain their leaves even when they are dead, a process called marcescence. It’s thought that by dropping leaves over winter and into spring oak trees might provide a more gradual release of nutrients back into the soil. The golden colours of the oak leaves really stood out to me when I was looking through your photos, we’ve been treated to some wonderful autumn colour this month.

Oak leaves starting to fall, Marcia Blackman.

Tinted oak leaves, Mary Kerby.

Autumn oak, Sheila Pickard.

I’ve spotted some colourful oaks this autumn too whilst out and about on walks with the pram!
Here’s one of my photos.

Field boundary oaks, Judith Garforth.

Regional differences in phenology

We’ve used the records that you’ve sent us over many years to get an idea of when each event may occur each year. Have a look at expected date ranges for each species on our date range poster.

Of course there will always be regional differences in the timings of wildlife, and you’ll notice these even more if you live in the far north or south. Your photos this month highlighted a big difference in timing of silver birch leaf fall around the country. I was alerted to this colourful view of silver birch leaf tint out of an office window in London because it’s later in the year than we’d usually expect for full tint. It couldn’t be more different from the view from my own office in the midlands. The birches here are completely bare now.

Silver birch in London, Ali Worthy.

Silver birch in Grantham, Judith Garforth.

So, don’t be alarmed if you get a message telling you that your record falls outside of the expected range when you add a record on the website. Your record is still completely valid; we’d just love to know more about it and so ask you to add a comment. We get alerted in the office to slightly unusual records which helps us keep in touch with what is happening all over the country.

Seeing red: redwing and fly agaric

I was impressed that a first sighting of redwing was caught on camera this month. Having a camera to hand at just the right moment to capture your first sightings of birds and insects is always going to be a challenge!

A few (5) more fly agaric records have been sent in during November. I wonder if these are the last of the fungi records for 2018 or if we’ll see some unusually late records in December with the weather being mild in some parts of the country.

Redwing, David Watkinson.

Fly agaric, Adele Kane.

Looking forward to spring already?

We’ve received our first snowdrop flowering record! It was spotted on 30th November.

Snowdrop first flowering, Andy Willis.

If you’re looking forward to spring 2019, why not take a look back at our analysis of spring 2018 to see what your records showed. We’ve just added this analysis to the website for you.

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