Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox, the time when the hours of day and night are equal and in the Northern hemisphere it marks the first day of the astronomical Spring. Although with todays wind and rain, together with the forecast of colder weather to come, it doesn’t feel like it.

Close up Roe deer

This week I have been learning about time, who came up with the idea of hours, weeks and months? Why are there 60 minutes in an hour and 7 days in a week? So it fits in with a blog post about the Spring Equinox, one of the first ways of marking the passing of time.

Out in the woods and fields Spring is definitely here. Spring flowers are now everywhere. The brambles, the hawthorn and the elder have new leaves appearing by the day. While the Blackthorn blossom is falling in the wind, the Hawthorn blossom is just coming out.

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The Roe deer have been making the most of the new shoots, buds and leaves.

Over the weekend I sat and watched a Ground beetle while it climbed to the top of a stick over and over again.

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Ground beetle

Ground beetle

My local badgers have been extremely busy, changing bedding and opening up 11 entrances over one week. These are old holes that had collapsed or got blocked with leaves over the past year.

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild
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