Friday, 24 February 2012

Signs of Spring

I've been seeing signs of spring all over the place this week. In the city there have been daffodils, crocuses and snow drops, and I saw my first lambs from the train on Wednesday. The weather's warming up too, although there's no promise that it won't get colder again! It really is beginning to feel like the end of winter.

But being up north means we'll have to wait a while for the new season. Did you know that spring travels up the country at about 16 miles a day? So you'll probably be seeing lots of lambs down south already! But many wildlife organisations are noticing that the signs are getting earlier and earlier each year. Almost certainly a sign of climate change with unknown consequences.  If the aphid season gets earlier, will the young crows cope? If plants bloom sooner will the insects be around to pollinate them? We can only wait and see.

For now, I'm just enjoying the first signs of spring.

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