Nature's Calendar Blog

  • Dog roses: meaning, myth and medicinal uses.

    By Lorienne Whittle, 30/04/2019
    Pink dog rose flowers

    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.

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  • When do bluebells flower? Your March photos

    By Lorienne Whittle, 15/04/2019
    Bluebell flowers

    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. 

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  • Are the blue tits near you nesting yet?

    By Lorienne Whittle, 28/03/2019
    A blue tit with nesting material

    Last month we reported the high number of insect recordings submitted to Nature's Calendar as a result of some mild and sunny spells. Will this mean that blue tits, whose young rely on the presence of lots of juicy caterpillars, will be out of sync in the timing of their nest building and egg laying?

    Find out more about what we have found so far.


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  • Insects react to a sunny and mild February

    By Lorienne Whittle, 12/03/2019
    7 spot ladybird sat on a leaf

    Has spring arrived? Citizen scientists across the UK have been spotting and recording an array species which traditionally herald the arrival of spring. Find out how wildlife has reacted to an unusually mild and sunny February. 


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  • Brimstone records are fluttering in

    By Judith Garforth, 25/02/2019
    Brimstone butterfly perched on red flower

    Brimstone records have been fluttering in now that the sun is shining. Download our free desktop calendar for March.

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