A darker shade of green

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As it’s nearing the end of June, spring in the woods is over for 2015, and my Track a Tree visits to Roslin Glen have come to an end. My last walk in the woods was after a week of hot dry weather, and all the Ramsons and Bluebell had gone over, leaving seed pods and wilting vegetation for me to slip on. The bracken had shot up to nearly shoulder height (for a shortish person!) and the nearly mature canopy of leaves leant everything a hue of deeper green.

I’ve been busy occupied with a piece of work connected to the Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar project recently, so haven’t had the chance to share with you how much I’ve enjoyed seeing your 2015 Track a Tree observations come in, and pop up on our results maps. Here are some results of the budburst of two of our key woodland trees; Silver birch and Pedunculate oak, and flowering of a spring favourite; Bluebell:


It is also time to issue our annual plea to everyone who has been out and about recording spring for Track a Tree this year, if you haven’t already done so, please try and submit your observations in the coming weeks. I’m aiming to start work analysing the results in the early autumn, so we would be very grateful if you can send in your records by the end of the summer. Do remember to include records of all your visits, even those before you observed any budburst/leafing on your tree. It is really important to include these visits, as it means we can identify the window of time during which first budburst or first leafing occurred. If you have any questions about submitting your data, get in touch by email: info@trackatree.org.uk

In other exciting news, we now have a short video introduction to Track a Tree, from the brilliant Ecosapien team. Please do share it with anyone you think might be interested in getting involved in the project in the future.You may also have noticed that the speed of spring, and phenology recording featured on Springwatch this year. Our big sister project Nature’s Calendar teamed up with the programme to focus on recording a few key species across the UK in 2015. You can read about their results in a great blog post from the Woodland Trust.

I’ll leave you with a report from one of our recorders; Terry in Kent found his first observation was 20 days later than 2014, while his last flowering records were 7 days later than last year. He also noticed that his trees on the North side of the wood were later than the South – have any of you noticed this in your woodlands? Lastly, Tony in Leicestershire sent us this picture of his dog Rufus waiting while he counted the bluebells!