Nature diary: share your first day of spring
Spring has officially arrived, signalling the start of warmer days and longer evenings, renewed life and returning colour.
To celebrate, we called on nature lovers across the UK to send us their observations of the first day of the new season, Wednesday 20 March 2019.
For generations, poets and writers have put pen to paper to express the importance of the arrival of spring and the burst of colour and busyness in the animal kingdom.
On 20 March, wildlife lovers continued that tradition by contributing to the first ever crowd-sourced nature diary to mark the official start of spring. The digital diary offered a unique snapshot of the change of season as it swept across the UK.
To take part, we asked you to write 150 words about your observations of nature on the first day of the new season. Have a look at some of our favourite entries below.
The National Trust supported the initiative, which was led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Land Lines research project.