Photos of the month: October
Martha Boalch, 09/11/2018
This month we received 552 records, 22 with a photo, from 124 recorders. This is less than last month when we had 839 records. You’ve sent us a mixture of records: autumn tint, leaves falling, fly agaric appearing, amount of fruit and the arrival of winter visitors.
The majority of fly agaric records have already come in, just a few cheeky late-comers trickling in now. They were our species of the month in September, and you can find out more about them in my blog.
The last few first ripe fruit records have come through. Amount of fruit scores are also still coming in. Beech fruit score had been quite high this year, 3.87, compared to the benchmark year of 2001, 2.33. Beech is the nation’s second favourite tree – find out more about it in my blog.
Leaf tint and drop
Across all species across the UK leaf tint looks like it might be a couple of days early this year. This may have been influenced by drought conditions in some parts of the UK.
Our winter visitors from Iceland, Scandinavia and Siberia have been arriving. Your records have been flying in. So far we have received 64 fieldfare first seen records.
You can find out all about redwings in my recent blog.
Our database of your phenology records is a powerful early warning tool, which helps us understand which species are struggling with climate change, and which ones are adapting.
Thank you for continuing to record on Nature’s Calendar. Tell your friends and family about us so we get an even better understanding of the impacts of climate change.