It might not really feel like it as the winds howl and the rain pours across Scotland today – but spring is definitely slowly fighting its way through and the last few weeks have seen some much milder and drier weather.
So it is the perfect time to get involved with the Woodland Trust’s “Nature’s Calendar” project. It’s the latest Citizen Science project we are promoting to our staff and volunteer teams and its a great way to learn about and record your local species and most of all enjoy the changing of the seasons.
Nature’s Calendar is an on-going phenology study, recording seasonal events and noting the time you see them. This could be anything from recording the first ladybird you see or the first time you hear a Song Thrush singing in spring, to the first time you see leaves falling in autumn. Look out for changes in trees, flowers, birds, insects, fungi and amphibians.
Nature’s Calendar will use these vital records to understand more about climate change and how the natural world is responding to it.