Jul 08 2019

What’s happening with nature near you? Make a record with Nature’s Calendar



Nature’s Calendar is an important UK phenology database containing nearly three million records dating back to 1736. Phenology is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year, such as flowering of plants, emergence of insects and migration of birds. Nature’s Calendar citizen scientists record the dates of particular events which happen to certain species during the changing seasons and record them on the website.


Spring and autumn are busy times of the year for wildlife, but there’s still plenty going on over the summer months to observe and record. Perhaps you already watch the hedgerows with anticipation for the first ripe blackberry to go foraging with the kids or make jam? Why not record it on our website and add to the important scientific database too! Look down low for the mystical fly agaric fungi’s first appearance or up to the skies for when the last swift is seen before heading off to Africa. Later in the summer ivy first flowers and many of our trees and shrubs have fruit that can be recorded when ‘first ripe’. Find out more about the species and events that can be recorded on Nature’s Calendar on our website: https://naturescalendar.woodlandtrust.org.uk/what-we-record-and-why/species-we-record/


Whether you look out for wildlife in your garden, local town park, city street, nature reserve, woodland and even supermarket car park, there’s plenty to record. The data produced is increasingly being requested by scientists and policy makers. By tracking the seasons we can provide a crucial source of evidence as to how wildlife is responding to climate change across the UK.


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Our latest blog, ‘Oxeye daisies and baby blue tits: May news and photos recaps on what has been recorded recently on Nature’s Calendar. It also includes some wonderful photos our talented recorders have submitted alongside their records. Whatever your role as a volunteer with the Woodland Trust, we feel becoming part of Nature’s Calendar can add to the experience. Anyone can get involved and recording is simple, so feel free to spread the word as well! Register on the website today and start recording.


Photo credits: Oxeye daisy (Wendy Handford), Blue tit gathering food (Lynne Mumby)



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