Signs of spring that are on the increase
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!