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Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016 – a cross-post from LinkedIn

As a fortysomething, I cannot claim to be a “Young Gun”, yet these guys and gals show maturity beyond their years. Find out more below.   Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016 by Tony Powell     I have replicated below as shown for those of you not on LinkedIn.   As … Continue reading Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016 – a cross-post from LinkedIn

From autumn to spring in December 1806

December 2015 is most definitely an odd one. With its weather statistics and Natural World tales, it is certainly becoming one for the history books. Although, it is worth noting that we have been here before, as this example from 1806 shows, courtesy of the wonderful Wanstead Meteo blog. Of course, my current mean Temperatures of 5.4c above average could and perhaps should still be viewed as rather concerning.

Wanstead Meteo

When I was writing up my winter forecast I came across an analogue that was very similar to what seems to be unfolding this December.

The River Lea close to where Luke Howard's laboratory stood by wanstead_meteo The River Lea close to where Luke Howard’s laboratory stood

Luke Howard, in his first volume of The Climate of London, describes a very warm December that followed on from a warm November that fooled flora and fauna into thinking spring had begun early.

Howard’s statistics are very high: a November mean of 9.5C while December was 9.3C. CET that November was 2.3C above average while December was 3.3C above average. A slightly wetter than average was followed by a very wet December – over 250% the monthly average caused the River Lea to burst its banks in several places

“The catkins of the filberts expanded prematurely. On December 25th a hedge sparrow’s nest was taken at Doveridge, Derbyshire, with four eggs and…

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It has been a while……………

Spring peak has arrived and Summer is just around the corner too, as the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, the trees are leafing and this blog is...... well desperate for content if truth be told. Fear not, anybody who knows me will realise that I am still active over on Facebook and I haven't … Continue reading It has been a while……………

The images you may well have missed

Knowing that not everyone is on Facebook, here is the latest naturestimeline imagery in all its glory or not, as the case may be.#photography#nature#weather#thunderstorms#butterflies Posted by: Tony William Powellon andnaturestimeline.tvon

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