Enjoy The Blues This Springtime

. A number of Woodland Trust woods throughout the UK are already showing a glimmer of blue… Gregor Fulton, the Trust’s site manager in Northern Ireland, said, “For many people, bluebells are one of nature’s most magical sights; a symbol of springtime and the coming to life of the countryside.  With bluebells just about to make their spring debut here in Northern Ireland, now really is the perfect time to get out and about.” [caption id="attachment_22655" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Bluebell woods are a place of quiet fascination. "][/caption] While on the quest for bluebells, the Woodland Trust would like members of the public to make a note of other natural seasonal signs.  Your records – no matter how few – will give an insight into how plants and animals are responding to a changing climate. Things to look out for during April include bluebells (their debut is usually mid-April, but depends upon region and the amount of sunlight reaching the woodland floor); tadpoles (average appearance early April); and the budburst of oak and ash trees (average appearance mid to late April). Mr Fulton added, added “We’re keen to get a really wide geographic spread of observations.  Here in Northern Ireland records are scarce, and we’d very much like local people to get recording.  You don’t need to be an expert to take part and, with your help, we’ll have a better idea of how the seasons unfold throughout the country.” To find your nearest bluebell wood visit www.VisitWoods.org.uk You’ll also find a wealth of inspirational ideas and materials to help you make the most of your woodland visit, including tips on how to identify trees, plants and animals.]]>