A kind winter thus far in the UK

What a difference a year makes. At this midway point through Meteorological winter 2016/17, the weather so far has been much kinder than last year. December 2015 was horrendously mild, bad for wildlife in that most things were out of sync, the natural world in the UK at least didn’t know whether it was coming or going.

 

It was also bad for farming at this stage last winter, crops and grass were growing vigorously, and diseases and pests were prevalent, meaning more chemical expenditure down the line for struggling farming communities. We need winters like those of former years to return occasionally to restore some balance.

 

cci_000005-edited

This one thus far has seen a very typical Temperature setup locally with a reasonable tally of Air frosts when skies cleared by night, although precipitation has been somewhat with December proving very dry when compared to the average as the image below states.

 

monthly-climatological-summary-for-december-2016
Personal Weather Station Monthly Climatological Summary for December 2016

 

As you’ll notice upon reading the above article from the Newbury Weekly News dated January 14th, 2016, phenology events, i.e., those signs from nature bore no resemblance to most years past, way before climate change processes steadfastly took a grip on things. The winter of 2016/17 thus far has been kinder to the farming community and consequently nature itself, as far as I am aware from what I’ve read and heard about in the press. Here’s to the rest of the winter, playing ball too then. I do feel for our European neighbours, though. January 2017, in particular, has so far seen brutal cold in a significant number of places as the following link to a recent BBC article indicates.

 

Icy weather in Europe causes more hardship and chaos

 

A couple of phenology events which need updating to my records database are the 1st instance of flowering Hazel catkins on the 15th January and 1st flowering Snowdrops around about the 13th January.

 

As ever, you can continue to access my Facebook updates by clicking on the Red Admiral butterfly icon below.

naturestimeline Education services – “A conservation professional sharing his personal perspective on breaking news stories from the world of nature alongside his own accounts from the field.”

and

 

Another core business objective – Developing the brand on Social Media

To a Social Media Marketer or person trained in SEO and other Social Media activities, brand building, content management and publishing comes as part of their day job. As for myself, an individual one-person entity, I have to do all of the above with limited funds and resources. In fact, so far I’ve tended to do this alone, learning or making mistakes as I go, which is nothing new to me as I’m largely self-taught in everything I undertake. I will check up on the consistency of what I want my brand and blog pages to promote, on a monthly basis. In fact, today I did just that by analysing my insights on my various Social Media platforms. The following excerpt being taken from my Facebook page.

“Having just gone through my latest monthly insights and as a result of my broader social media analyses, I am pleased to confirm the consistent growth of both my pages here at naturestimeline and naturestimeline.StandUp4Nature. I am not currently in a financial position and moreover do not view it as a viable option right now, to partake in any paid advertisement of my pages. The progress of brand “naturestimeline” is truly only possible with you, my followers engaging with me and by your “word of mouth” exposure to other interested parties. Nonetheless, as I expand brand exposure and ultimately achieve more business opportunities, I may eventually consider the prospect of paid advertising. As my audience grows, those of you reading this become all the more important to me, so do share your thoughts with me, send me ideas, provide some opportunities for general chit-chat, whatever. Below is a snapshot of just how you, my followers, have played your part in allowing me to develop naturestimeline over the past year. *to make more sense of the figures within the spreadsheet screen grab, simply expand the image to full screen. The data is courtesy of my Facebook Insights and as such, private data issued to me directly from Facebook hence I’ve made the data deliberately small.

All the best wishes and any questions, please DM me.

Tony William Powell and naturestimeline.”

 

 

social-media-channels-analysis-snapshot-for-naturestimeline-facebook-pages-november-1st-2016-image-2
Facebook Insights statistics for my pages at Naturestimeline and Naturestimeline StandUp4Nature January-November 1st 2016

 

As ever, you can access my Facebook updates by clicking on the Red Admiral butterfly icon below.

naturestimeline Education services – “A conservation professional sharing his personal perspective on breaking news stories from the world of nature alongside his own accounts from the field.”

and

Nature Blogging: Why Bother?

Another personal LinkedIn connection and another of those folk given the title of a Conservation “Young Gun” back end of last year. This post resonated with me, and I’m sure it will with many others. Why bother? Noting all that wildlife for what purpose? What good does it do in telling others about your passions as a conservationist, a blogger, a naturalist? If you enjoy what you do, then stick with your passions, life will become very boring for you the moment you give up on them. Stand Up for Nature! Over to you, James Common and Nature Blogging: Why Bother?

James Common

One of the most common questions raised whenever someone stumbles across this blog, particularly from those of a non-environmental background is: why bother? Surely it takes up too much time, provides very little in the way of a reward and is generally rather tedious. A good question actually, though one I struggle to answer on a regular basis, the issue broached equally as often by nature-lovers, many of whom appear baffled by the notion of writing about wildlife, as opposed to watching it in the field 24/7. Well, I do, in fact, spent a great deal of time watching wildlife. As well as writing about it. Though such conversations have indeed caused me to ponder, let’s say, just why I dedicate so much time to blogging about nature. And, for that matter, aspire to one day make a living from amalgamating words and wildlife.

zumwalt-prairie-writing-worksh


Nature blogging, for me, is a mode…

View original post 895 more words