Nature's Calendar Blog

  • Track and record autumn with Nature's Calendar

    By Lorienne Whittle, 07/10/2019

    Be inspired to record nature this autumn. 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.

    Watch our recent video to find out more about Nature's Calendar and tracking the signs of autumn.

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  • Are you watching out for Autumn?

    By Lorienne Whittle, 26/09/2019

    Is nature in time with our autumn calendars? Whilst the meteorological and astronomical definitions of autumn have now passed, we take a look at your records to see how autumn is revealing itself in trees and shrubs across the country.


    Autumn is known as the forgotten season in phenology, with fewer records of key events compared to spring. So we know less about how the timing of events in autumn are changing. To fill in these knowledge gaps we’re especially keen get your autumn records, so take a look at  Nature’s Calendar for some seasonal inspiration.


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  • When to pick blackberries: it’s time to crumble!

    By Lorienne Whittle, 09/08/2019
    Hand squeezing bramble fruit

    Have you picked your first blackberry of the year yet? Maybe even had enough for a crumble? We take a look at the records over the last 10 years to see whether your autumn crumble may become a summer dish. Your photos are included in this monthly roundup of Nature’s Calendar news.

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  • What reminds you of summer?

    By Lorienne Whittle, 15/07/2019
    Turtle dove perched on a fence

    June’s cold and wet weather meant less people out and about recording nature, but every cloud has a silver lining. The downpours created some unique wildlife spotting opportunities.


    Taking a look back over your observations from June, many quintessential summer shrubs such as elder and dog rose were recorded as first flowering throughout the month. We’re also thinking about the future. What else can you look for this coming summer?  

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  • Autumn 2018: what your records show

    By Judith Garforth, 27/06/2019
    Green leaves from oak tree turning yellow on their edges

    The results are in! We’ve compiled and analysed all your autumn records to find out when trees tinted, birds migrated and you last cut your lawn in 2018.

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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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