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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 29.4 April 2018

Half a dozen of our heroes: Topics from Nature's Calendar/UK Phenology Network

By - Tim Sparks, Kate Lewthwaite, Charlotte Armitage

Over the past 20 years, Nature’s Calendar has built an impressive database of phenological records. This has provided a fascinating insight into changes in a wide variety of events, from the first-spawning of Common Frogs in spring, to the tinting of Beech leaves in autumn. Of particular interest are records kept consistently over long time-scales, from the same location and by the same recorder. Here, Tim Sparks, Charlotte Armitage, and Kate Lewthwaite give mention to some of those people who have made particularly notable contributions to phenological recording in the UK.

Phenology, the study of the timing of natural events, depends entirely on the voluntary contributions of a very large number of recorders. Particularly valuable are those recording over long periods (20 or more years) or recording many events, but even single records are important when considered alongside those of this recording community.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist