Tag Archives: Hazel

Both budburst and the first Chiffchaff in Hillhouse wood – Spring in getting into its stride

Fieldwork for the Track a tree phenology project is now providing me with plenty of excuses to pay frequent visits to Hillhouse wood.  The warm weather over the last few days will drive bud burst, so I need to ensure that I don’t miss it.  On 10 March bud burst was visible on parts of my Hazel coppice, so I knew that this would progress rapidly.  Sure enough, my visit on 13 March revealed that buds were now bursting on all parts of the stool. Continue reading

‘Spring’ is off and running in Hillhouse wood, as far as the TrackaTree project is concerned

On my first Trackatree visit of 2017 to Hillhouse wood last week I reported that the leaf buds on my Hazel were already showing green through the leaf scales.  So, having had a couple of warmer days this week, I thought that there was a good chance that bud burst would have started by now.   Continue reading

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The Track a Tree phenology project continues for a third year in Hillhouse wood

As keen readers of this blog, and my Mum, will know, for the last two years I have done field work for this project.  This involves visiting some specific trees (four in my case) more or less weekly throughout the spring to record data about what is happening.  ‘Happening’ stuff involves the stage of bud burst and leaf break, and the numbers of specific species of flower that are showing underneath the tree.  By capturing this data at different sites in the UK, the project enables differences in the timing of ‘Spring’ to be rigorously identified across the country and between years.  It ran for two years to support a PhD project at the University of Edinburgh, and I’ve been glad to hear that it is continuing for a third year, at least, even though Christine has gained her qualification. Continue reading

The TrackaTree phenology project is up and running again in Hillhouse Wood

So – the wind has veered to the north, wintery squalls are scudding across the sky, and thus the obvious thing to do is a Trackatree field visit to see how Spring is getting on.  And I can report, with no little excitement, that things are stirring in the TrackaTree parts of Hillhouse Wood.  Continue reading

Track a Tree visits to Hillhouse wood in April (so far)

It’s been a slightly off month so far, phenology wise.  The weatherfolk tell us that this Spring has been relatively sunny, dry and warm.  I don’t doubt them and their instruments, but feel that this doesn’t tell the whole story – which also needs to encompass ‘cold nights’.  Continue reading

Two more Track a Tree visits that were less than relaxing: Citizen Science the ‘challenging’ way

Things ‘should’ be happening rapidly now, as my trees and their ground flora make up for lost time.  However, after a teasing couple of almost Spring-like days we’re back to cold, cloudy and uninviting weather.  So, as a result, progress is less rapid than one might hope.

Nevertheless I’m still trying to get down to the wood every 2-3 days ‘just in case’.  Continue reading

Frenetic TrackaTree action at Hilhouse Wood

After today’s Trackatree visit to Hillhouse Wood someone of my advanced years needed a lie down.  Everything in the wood more or less stood still for the first half of March, due to the consistently cold temperatures, which rather took the pressure off my TrackaTree monitoring visits.  But you know that, once things warm up a bit, nature will make up for lost time. Continue reading

A bit of Spring is finally in evidence in Hillhouse Wood

So at last Chiffchaffs have fought their way back to Hillhouse Wood – they clearly haven’t found the recent cold and dull weather to be to their liking.  Me neither!  There were three singing this afternoon in just the north side of the wood.  So Spring has now ‘officially’ started, as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading

Time stands still in Hillhouse Wood – frustratingly

Down here in north east Essex my least favourite weather is when we get a low to the east, which produced cold and cloudy dull conditions.  These can last for days, or even weeks, and are mainly experienced in spring. We’ve had one for the last week, so unsurprisingly very little had progressed in Hillhouse Wood. Continue reading

Ruminations on budbreak

As the last few days have been sunny, if not exactly warm, I thought I’d pop down to Hillhouse Wood to see if there were any developments in relation to the Track a Tree phenology project that I’m a volunteer field worker for.  (I recommend it, by the way – interesting and satisfying.)  By ‘developments’, what I really mean is Hazel budbreak, as last year this was the first thing that happened, and a few days ago my Hazel coppice had some green tinged buds. Continue reading