It might not officially be the first day yet but (whisper it quietly) spring has arrived! Or at least that seems to be the case going by the plethora of gorgeous wildflower photos you've been tweeting us over the last few weeks. Indeed, our wildflowers do appear to be blooming earlier this year and for that you can thank the mild winter. For while we've had the wettest winter on record, much of the UK has barely felt a frost. Celandines, primroses, violets and wild daffodils have all been appearing ahead of schedule. Here's a couple of photos from our Bloomwatch board:
Primroses flowering in Mull posted by @glengormcastle:
Butterbur with a visiting bee, posted by @floodenheim - better known as Peter Q D Flood, drummer with Folk band Bellowhead.
Please keep them coming!
So what will be blooming on this blog over the next few weeks? Well...
- Sue our Wildflowers Count Coordinator will be celebrating the first day of spring.
- Ali from our Scotland team will be buzzing about Plan Bee: our work with the Co-operative to bring wildflowers to urban spaces.
- At end of the month a ban on five non-native, invasive plants comes into effect - Nicola, our Head of Conservation will explain why this is something we (successfully) campaigned for followed by Dr Trevor Dines' thoughts on how and why we distinguish the bad plants from the good.
In the meantime, if you have a lawn don't forget to Say No to the Mow. See you soon!