Many of you will have noticed and perhaps commented from year to year on changes in the ‘timing’ of spring; whether it is the early emergence of snowdrops, late migration of swallows, or the unusually vibrant autumnal colours. These seasonal phenomena are known as ‘phenology’.
Phenology is affected by both weather and climate and is a crucial tool used to understand the impact of climate change on vegetation. Phenology data collection does exist in the UK, but it is sporadic, and there are limited comprehensive yearly records from specific sites (I am only aware of one other). Therefore, I am looking to establish a phenology record here in Drinkstone, with willing volunteers each spring.