Nice to see one of my photos in Autumn review
Matthew Oates, nature and wildlife specialist, looks back on the effects of a mild autumn on our wildlife:
Autumn has been incredibly mild, to date. The south has had a single light frost, a windscreen affair on October 25th. It has also been dry, everywhere – with a drought in Northern Ireland – until the autumn rains arrived, perhaps with a vengeance, after the warmest November day on record (the 1st).
In consequence, many summer plants are flowering in garden and countryside. Even tender summer annuals, such as Nasturtiums, are persisting. In the wild some high summer plants have sprung back into bloom, notably the brambles. Also, many of spring’s flowers are evident, again in both garden and countryside – especially Primrose, violets, Wild Strawberry and, most noticeably, the garden Viburnums.
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