Have you cut yours yet?
With the launch of the new Nature’s Calendar website we need more records than ever, and this is where you come in! For those of you that don’t know Nature’s Calendar is a Woodland Trust’s citizen science project and has been tracking species responses to climate change since 2000. We have biological records that date back to 1736. By simply adding one record a month you’ll be contributing to the longest running data set of its kind, while also helping scientists to answer important questions regarding the effects of climate change on UK wildlife. Find out more about the project here https://naturescalendar.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ and see the shiny new website!
We need to know when you start cutting your lawn this spring. Nature’s Calendar average date for lawn first cut for the last four years has fallen in March but the earliest report of cut grass in 2017 was received on the 4th of January! Why does it matter when you cut your grass? Grass is one of the earliest plants to start growing in spring, and one of the last to stop growing in the winter. Knowing whether grass is still growing or not tells us a lot about the length of the growing season. The Met Office has estimated that the growing season has increased by at least a month and grass is growing all year round in some areas. This is an important indicator of the effects of climate change. If this is grass’ response, what impact is climate change having on other species?
So simply register on the new website and then add a record for lawn first cut when you have to get the mower out! See all our species and events in the attachment below.