Nature's Calendar Blog
Oxeye daisies and baby blue tits: May news and photosBy Judith Garforth, 20/06/2019
Oxeye daisies, blue tit babies and the sound of the cuckoo calling – it’s been an eventful May. You’ve sent in over a thousand records this month, here are some of the highlights.Read more
Expected date ranges explained: early sightings in spring 2019By Judith Garforth, 31/05/2019
February this year was particularly warm, dry and sunny, and we noticed the effect of this weather on wildlife immediately as your records started to pour in and many of them were earlier than we’d usually expect. Many recorders saw a ‘This date falls outside of the expected range’ warning message as they added their records; it’s nothing to worry about – find out more.
Highlights of a busy AprilBy Lorienne Whittle, 16/05/2019
What happened when a family of blackbirds decided to leave their nest for the first time? Find out how each of the juveniles fared from a Nature's Calendar recorder who was lucky enough to witness the whole adventure.
Take a look at some of the top photos of natural events occurring throughout April.Read more
Dog roses: meaning, myth and medicinal uses.By Lorienne Whittle, 30/04/2019
Have you spotted the pretty flowers of a dog rose scrabbling through a country hedgerow? There’s more to this shrub than meets the eye. From making itching powder and curing rabies to preventing Vitamin C deficiency and stretch marks, different parts of this wild rose have been used to treat an array of ailments in the past.
Find out more about identifying dog roses and their medicinal uses. Download our free dog rose desktop calendar for May.Read more
When do bluebells flower? Your March photosBy Lorienne Whittle, 15/04/2019
The first day of March was officially the beginning of spring this year, according to the meteorological definition. Nearly 4,000 records were submitted to Nature's Calendar over the month, each adding to our knowledge of how spring is progressing across the UK.
Bluebells have begun to flower, birds have returned from Africa to breed and butterflies have been spotted. Find out more about what has been observed in March and whether the oak and ash records are predicting a 'soak' or a 'splash' this summer.Read more