Nature's Calendar Blog

  • Coltsfoot - a little ray of sunshine in the spring

    By Judith Garforth, 24/02/2020

    Coltsfoot flowers are a little ray of sunshine in the spring! But they are flowering later than we’d expect. If you spot a coltsfoot plant flowering this year, please add a record to the Nature’s Calendar database to help scientists investigate how weather and climate are affecting their flowering time.

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  • Need some spring recording inspiration?

    By Lorienne Whittle, 28/01/2020
    Snowdrop flowers in a forest

    Spring is a busy time for nature - and so it is for Nature's Calendar too, tracking all the signs of this seasonal change. 

    Watch our spring video to hear how two of our longest recorders have enjoyed tracking the seasons with Nature's Calendar. Learn how you can help contribute to this biological database, which is increasingly being used to understand the impact of climate change on our wildlife.


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  • A year in the life of a tree

    By Judith Garforth, 12/12/2019
    The bare winter branches of the top of an oak tree canopy

    The Woodland Trust has decided to follow and document a year in the life of a single tree and we'd like you to do the same. We're monitoring the Grantham Oak, a beautiful tree more than 400 years old, that many of us pass on our way to work. The tree is looking very wintry now having just lost its leaves. We're recording the dates of all the seasonal changes that happen to this tree for the Nature's Calendar project. Look out for photos throughout the year which we'll share in this blog, and on our social media channels. Why don't you monitor your favourite tree this year too?

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  • Will climate change impact the old adage 'Oak before ash in for a splash'?

    By Charlotte Armitage, 28/11/2019

    There's a rhyme 'if ash comes out before the oak there’ll be a summer soak. If the oak comes out before the ash, there’ll be a summer splash’, but what does the Nature’s Calendar data have to say?

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  • Why do leaves change colour in the autumn?

    By Judith Garforth, 12/11/2019

    Find out how autumn colour is progressing this year, why leaves change colour in autumn and enjoy some beautiful seasonal photos sent in from around the country. Don’t forget there’s still plenty to record in December.

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Join thousands of other people and let us know what's happening to wildlife near you.

Join thousands of other people and let us know what's happening to wildlife near you.

Have you seen your first butterfly or swallow of the spring? Is it a good year for wild autumn fruits? Take part in Nature's Calendar and help scientists to monitor the effects of climate change on wildlife.

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