Drinkstone Phenology Project – a message from Anna Cutmore

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.

I am a PhD researcher on climate change at University College London. Despite now living in Clapham, I consider Drinkstone home and spend a huge amount of time here. As a climatologist with a keen botanical interest, my research focuses on the effects of climate change on vegetation. My friend and fellow PhD colleague from Kew Gardens, Leif Bersweden is helping me with this project- his research focuses on Orchids and he has written a best selling book on the subject.We would love for as many people in the village to be involved as possible. Not only is this contributing to important scientific discovery, but this data will help inform future decision-making, with farmers, conservationists and resource managers benefitting from this research.
See Anna’s presentation below.
If you would like more information or get involved, please email Anna on annacutmore@hotmail.co.uk