Signs of spring that are on the in­crease

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

The of­fi­cial day of spring on your cal­en­dars is March 20, al­though this is quite con­tro­ver­sial. The Met Of­fice use a dif­fer­ent date, which di­vides the cal­en­dar year up evenly into sea­sons and so the start of spring is March 1 and ex­tends through April and May. The of­fi­cial spring date of March 20 is due on the ver­nal equinox. Ver­nal sig­ni­fies the end of win­ter and the beginning of spring; while the equinox is when the nights are as long as the days. With the first day of spring, it is in­ter­est­ing to see what signs you can find. The study of pe­ri­odic plant and an­i­mal life cy­cles which have been in­flu­enced by the cli­mate is called phe­nol­ogy. They can be the first swal­low, the first snow­drops, the first sign of frog spawn in your pond or the first queen bum­ble bee to be seen. My first queen bum­ble bee this year, pic­tured, was crawl­ing across a car park in New Rom­ney on Fe­bru­ary 16, the first day when the tem­per­a­ture rose above 10 de­grees in 2009! Re­mem­ber the say­ing….one swal­low does not make a sum­mer, but a frog makes a long spring!

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