Dr Pippa Marland, who studies culture and the environment at the University of Leeds, said: “The crowd-sourced spring diary will give nature lovers across the UK the chance to participate in an event that combines the best traditions of citizen science with the opportunity to produce their own nature writing.
Dr David Bullock, head of species and habitats conservation at the National Trust, which is involved in the project, said it was an effort to document “nature starting to wake up”.
“This is an amazing time of year. Blink, and you might miss the first bumble bee,” he said. “Wherever you are in the country, there is lots that you can look out for.
“From the frogs in ponds to the honey bees finding nectar in the last of the snowdrops; the powerful songster – the mistle thrush – pronouncing its presence from the very top of the tallest tree to hungry badgers excavating lawns searching for grubs and juicy plant roots.”
There is mounting evidence that climate change is shifting seasonal patterns all over the world, which researchers involved in this project say makes it a crucial time to document.
Dr Marland added: “It will offer a unique snapshot of the beginning of spring this year and mark an important moment in the history of nature writing in the UK.”
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