Woodland highlights: March

Woodland Matters

Smile as the days get longer, and hopefully warmer. The 20th of March brings the spring equinox, when the Earth is tilted neither away from nor toward the sun. Then at the end of the month the clocks return us to British Summer Time.

Trees/shrubs… The winter snows may be behind us (we hope)  but blackthorn creates its own wintery scene. Its white blossoms adorn many hedgerows, its emergence is often linked to a cold snap in early spring. Not to be confused with hawthorn; blackthorn flowers appear before the leaves, but hawthorn leaves come before the flowers. Elder is another one to get its leaves this month, and wild cherry should grace us with its delicate white blooms. The purple tinged flowers of ash trees may also be spied.

Plants… Bluebells slowly take over from the snowdrops and over the next couple of months will turn the ground to a woodland sea, the timing does depend on your location…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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