Nature's Calendar Blog

  • The first signs of spring

    By Lorienne Whittle, 10/01/2022
    Snowdrops in sunshine

    Winter Solstice has passed and it's far it's been a very mild winter and we're getting the first signs of spring recorded on Nature's Calendar. 

    The first snowdrop of the season was recorded on 1 January - it's time to start looking! Here are some tips on recording snowdrops and other early spring events. We really appreciate every record added to Nature's Calendar - each one gives us more information on how spring is unfolding across the UK.

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  • ‘From little acorns mighty oaks grow’ - Why we should be worried for our native oak trees

    By Lorienne Whittle, 09/11/2021

    Have you noticed a lack of acorns this year?

    Using your citizen science records, Nature's Calendar tracks the fruit, nut and berry crop for some of our most common, native trees and shrubs. 

    Find out more about acorn numbers this year, and how this compares to the 'boom' of 2020. What does a lack of acorn mean for our oak trees and what are the wider concern for one of our most loved and iconic trees? 


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  • Why do leaves change colour in the autumn?

    By Judith Garforth, 12/10/2021
    Sycamore leaves turning from green to yellow

    We've been enjoying some beautiful bright sunny days so far in October, but have you noticed the first signs of autumn yet? Why do leaves change colour at this time of year? Find out why and be inspired to record autumn events with Nature's Calendar over the next few months. 

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  • GUEST BLOG by Joe Shute, author of Forecast: A Diary of the Lost Seasons

    By Joe Shute, 08/09/2021

             'The most important book I have read in a very long time'

                                         Michael Morpurgo  

    Yorkshire based author and journalist, Joe Shute, writes a guest blog based on his new book, Forecast: A Diary of the Lost Seasons. Joe used Nature's Calendar records in his research for the book, which explores how we're seeing everyday natural events, like flowers blooming and frogs spawning, being effected by changing weather patterns. 


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  • What happens in autumn?

    By Lorienne Whittle, 17/08/2021
    Brown leaves on oak tree in autumn

    Autumn is the forgotten season in phenology, with fewer records of seasonal changes compared to spring. As a result we know less about the impact of weather and climate change on the timing of autumn.

    Find out more about recording natural events this autumn and help us fill these knowledge gaps.


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