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An Introduction to Phenology

Looking towards climate change



Nature describes phenology to be ‘the study of the timing of life cycle events’. These events include first leaf fall and migrations of species, looking at how they change over time and relate to climate change.


All manner of seasonal events can be recorded, in relation to weather and climate.


For trees, budburst, first flower and ripe fruit can be recorded. For migratory birds, their arrival and departure. For birds that are resident, first song, first nest and first young can be noted.


Climate change can mean certain shifts in phenology and this could massively affect not just our local ecosystems, but industries such as forestry, agriculture and the global production of food.


By becoming citizen scientists, we can help towards the work of scientists monitoring the impacts of climate change on our natural world.

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