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“Spring Arriving 26 Days Early”–BBC

April 21, 2018
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By Paul Homewood

 

The BBC has been up to its tricks again!

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09yddxd

 

The latest edition of Radio 4’s environmental programme, “Costing the Earth”, looks at how our springs are supposedly getting earlier. (Yes, I know springs start on 1st March!)

The programme’s opening introduction by presenter Lindsey Chapman gives us a clue that it won’t be an objective assessment:

We’re looking for signs of how a volatile climate is shifting our seasons, and affecting both our native wildlife and migrant visitors to these shores.

Chapman, also presenter of the Springwatch TV series, then adds:

I’ve been noticing changes on my own patch, from the arrival of the first swallows to the flowering times of spring flowers over the last ten years.

 

At about seven minutes in though, she makes this extraordinary statement:

Spring now arrives an average of 26 days earlier each year than it did 10 years ago. We know this because of the extraordinary records kept by the public, stretching back centuries.

As Paul Matthews points out:

This statement that Spring is almost a month earlier than it was just 10 years ago is complete nonsense and fails the most elementary sanity check.  It appears, yet again, that where global warming is concerned, elementary common sense and fact-checking are thrown out by the BBC, and replaced with absurd exaggeration and alarmism.

 

So where did Chapman get this crazy claim from?

As she goes on to explain, it is supposedly from the Woodland Trust, who run a scheme called Nature’s Calendar.

This allows members of the public to record when they first see certain events each spring, such as birds, first flowerings, butterflies and so on. In other words, phenology. During warm springs, naturally enough, these events tend to arrive earlier.

According to Woodland Trust, these first sightings have been between around one and two weeks earlier in the last three years, though some butterfly and bird arrivals were as much as three weeks early in 2017:

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https://naturescalendar.woodlandtrust.org.uk/analysis/seasonal-reports/

You will notice that Woodland Trust use 2001 as a baseline, and nowhere do they claim that spring is now 26 days earlier than ten years ago.

But why 2001? In fact they have only been collecting this data since 2000, and decided to use 2001 as the base year because, they claim, weather conditions that year “closely reflected the 30-year average”.

However, on closer examination we see that it is not the current 30-year average they are talking about (ie 1981-2010), but 1961-90.

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This is highly significant, because the 1961-90 period was considerably colder than both the decades that preceded and followed it.

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https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/data/download.html

 

HH Lamb pointed out that the onset of spring in Oxford was 16 days later between 1963-80, compared to 1920-50:

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HH Lamb – “Climate History and the Modern World” (p 274):

 

To a large extent therefore, the onset of spring in recent years has merely returned to earlier patterns, with the end of the colder interlude.

We can see the effect of using the two different baselines below:

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 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/data/download.html

 

The 1961-90 period was 0.7C colder than 1981-2010. We can also see that, while there have been ups and downs, there is little evidence of overall change in spring temperatures since around 1990.

This is definitely not the message portrayed by the BBC programme.

We should also note that the spring of 2001 was much colder than prior years, which makes it strange that it should be used as a base year at all. The Woodland Trust recognised this same point in their Spring 2005 report:

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https://naturescalendar.woodlandtrust.org.uk/analysis/seasonal-reports/?p=3

 

Of course, when we are talking about “early springs”, temperatures in January and February may be just as important as those in April and May.

But when we look at Jan-March, and Feb–April, we find a very similar pattern – very little change in trend since 1990:

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https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/data/download.html

 

This should be little surprise, when we see that, contrary to popular myth, temperatures in January and February have changed little since a century ago.

And, as with spring temperatures, there is a noticeable dip between 1961-90:

England Mean temperature - January

England Mean temperature - February

 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly

 

 

Summary

There appears to be no evidence to back up Chapman’s claim that spring now arrives an average of 26 days earlier each year than it did 10 years ago, either in the temperature record or in the Woodland Trust surveys.

The latter are in any event misleading, and certainly not in a shape or from “scientific”. Their conclusions are obtained only by using an unusually cold year, 2001, as their base point.

There is actually nothing in the temperature record to suggest that springs are beginning any earlier than they were thirty years ago.

To be fair, one of the interviewees, Matthew Oates of the National Trust, did mention that the transition to warmer/earlier springs began several decades ago.

Nevertheless, the central theme of the programme was that the UK climate is changing rapidly, something not borne out by the data.

I have no doubt that the BBC will fall back on their regular defence of “scientists say”. However, following OFCOM’s recent ruling that the BBC should have challenged Lord Lawson on comments he made, it should surely not be acceptable for them to simply accept unscientific research from bodies like the Woodland Trust without challenging that as well.

Of course, in this instance the BBC has gone one step further. Not only have they broadcast the Woodland Trust’s findings, Lindsey Chapman has actually then presented them as an indisputable fact.

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61 Comments
  1. Kelvin Vaughan permalink
    April 21, 2018 1:00 pm

    The farmers on the BBC news were complaining about being 6 weeks behind this year.

    • Ian Magness permalink
      April 21, 2018 2:30 pm

      Spot on Kelvin.
      Anyone who spends time in the countryside near where I live in the South East will have noted that the blackthorn only hit full bloom this week – fully a month later than last year (when we had a much milder March).
      Isn’t is odd that, although we are well into the 2018 spring, the BBC and chums have now decided to release this catastrophic warming data for years up until 2017? Could it possibly be that they have spotted that 2018 has not followed their narrative at all, so they’d better rush out data up until last year else their story will look stupid?

      • Up2snuff permalink
        April 21, 2018 2:54 pm

        I can believe that. I remember when blackthorn blossomed in late-November/December in London for a year or three in the 1990s. Now that really was a cause for excitement!

    • Curious George permalink
      April 21, 2018 3:42 pm

      A very timely contribution in an unusually cold spring of 2018. Gore effect?

  2. Broadlands permalink
    April 21, 2018 1:18 pm

    Meanwhile in the “deja vu” department…recalling the 1930s.

    November 1933. “Is our climate changing?” J.B. Kincer, Monthly Weather Review, v. 61, p. 256…

    “In concluding this study, other weather features directly related to general temperature conditions were examined such as the occurrence of frost in the fall and spring, the number of days in winter with certain low temperatures, the occurrence of freezing weather in the fall and spring seasons, the length of the winters, as indicated by the first frost in fall and the last in spring, etc. All of these confirm the general statement that we are in the midst of a period of abnormal warmth, which has come on more or less gradually for many years.”

    J.P. Kohler… WEATHER OF 1938 IN THE UNITED STATES

    “The year 1938 averaged much warmer and slightly wetter than normal. Summations of temperatures over the country reveal that 1938 was one of the warmest years
    of record. The departure from normal temperature chart, herewith, shows that every first-order station in the United States had above-normal temperature for the year — a condition which probably is unparalleled in the Bureau’s records. Recent studies indicate that the tendency to higher temperatures which set in about 1900 has been definitely outstanding in the last decade. Temperature records for the past 20 years show 1929 as the only year appreciably cooler than normal, for the country as a whole; 1919 and 1924 were slightly below normal. The remaining years had above-normal warmth.”

  3. mwhite permalink
    April 21, 2018 1:21 pm

    “Spring now arrives an average of 26 days earlier each year than it did 10 years ago.”

    “26 days earlier each year”

    Did someone misspeak?, that’s 260 days. Spring starts sometime in October

    • April 21, 2018 4:15 pm

      They say “an average of 26 days earlier each year”, which makes sense

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        April 21, 2018 5:17 pm

        Not really. Perhaps one spring arrived 26 days early, but over the last ten years the AVERAGE arrival is 26 days earlier?

        I just don’t believe that, as it suggests that to compensate for even a few years with late or “normal” arrivals,and a few years with say 15 days early arrivals there must have been some years arriving well over 35 or 40 days days( or more) early – when did that happen over the ten year period in question?

        This looks like a total misuse of average, and probably actually means “as much as” 26 days early in a ten year period.

  4. mikewaite permalink
    April 21, 2018 1:55 pm

    Is the BBC claiming that Lindsay Chapman is a scientist? Then Wiki have clearly got it wrong:
    -“Lindsey Katherine Chapman is an English television and radio presenter and actress originally from Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Lindsey is one of BBC Radio 5 Live’s travel reporters and has also worked on the BBC, CBBC and other BBC radio programmes. She has regularly covered the Netball Superleague for Sky Sports.[1]
    She attended Beverley High School[2] before studying Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham and later training at Birmingham School of Acting.[3]
    ….
    In August 2015, alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, she hosted a series of five daily programmes, Big Blue UK, on BBC One, linked to three evening programmes Big Blue Live. The series concentrated on marine wildlife around the UK coast.[6]
    In January 2016, she co-hosted the BBC’s Winterwatch Unsprung with Chris Packham, providing an interactive link between viewers and the programme via social media. She continued this role with Springwatch Unsprung in June 2016 and again in June 2017.”-

    She is as much a scientist as I am an attractive young actress.

    Do the anecdotes of the early arrival of spring allow for the increasing UH effect as cities , (where many gardeners live) , get bigger and the dome of urban heat larger and possibly more intense. Even the BBC weather admits that in winter the difference between city and country can be up to 4C at night , which must surely affect the bud growth .

    • Hivemind permalink
      April 22, 2018 10:15 am

      But do you ‘identify’ as an attractive young actress? Because that seems to be all that counts these days.

      • mikewaite permalink
        April 22, 2018 1:39 pm

        Perhaps I should say that Ms Chapman is an excellent copresenter on, say Springwatch where she is a welcome foil to Chris Packham’s sometimes over-professional arrogance (which i suspect is put on to make good TV) .
        She may well be herself embarrassed that her employer is giving people the impression that it considers her to be a scientist thus annoying anyone who went through the many hurdles, including financial ones, to achieve that status through qualifications and work.

  5. Green Sand permalink
    April 21, 2018 2:15 pm

    “Spring Arriving 26 Days Early”?

    Not according to Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh – “Edinburgh Spring Index” sadly last updated Apl 2014 when the preliminary spring index was 0 days (neither late nor early),

    http://www.rbge.org.uk/science/plants-and-climate-change/edinburgh-weather-station/edinburgh-spring-index

    http://www.rbge.org.uk/assets/files/science/Phenology/ESI2014.pdf

    2002 0 days (by definition)

    2003 early by 1 day

    2004 early by 10 days

    2005 early by 6 days

    2006 late by 6 days

    2007 early by 8 days

    2008 early by 7 days

    2009 neither early nor late (0 days)

    2010 late by 12 days

    2011 late by 4 days

    2012 early by 8 days

    2013 late by 12 days

    • Saighdear permalink
      April 24, 2018 8:08 pm

      THAT’s not what it says: ‘Spring ,,,,, 26 days earlier each year than it did 10 years ago…’

  6. Vernon E permalink
    April 21, 2018 3:04 pm

    Despite all the efforts of the BBC to say otherwise, sping starts on 21st March (the venal equinox)and always has. So what does the 28 days refer to?

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      April 21, 2018 4:06 pm

      https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/meteorological-versus-astronomical-seasons

      Sorry if this repeats. First one seemed to vanish.

    • Europeanonion permalink
      April 23, 2018 11:07 am

      In the book, ‘The wrong kind of snow’, Woodward and Penn relate that the hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’ was written by the ex-slaver, John Newton, the survivor of a storm he endured on March the 21st 1748, off Ireland (an epiphany?). There is advantage in lambing taking place earlier for material advantage and yet the crucial ‘spring flush’ of grass is more or less set at about the 18th April. Mercantile concerns can push the seasons around and not just the weather.

  7. roger permalink
    April 21, 2018 3:08 pm

    The BBC.
    Fleecing your pocket to produce fake news.
    Our house martins here on the Solway have yet to arrive, daffodils are just in full bloom and my plum tree shows no blossom.
    perhaps they should remove their heads from their fundamentals and look around at this country as a whole rather than the metropolitan areas they inhabit.

    • HotScot permalink
      April 21, 2018 7:13 pm

      roger

      thankfully, our planet dictates our calendar.

      Promoting our rigidly prescribed human calendar over a natural events calendar, is an exercise in futility.

      Perhaps our scientists should consider the planet operates to its own calendar, irrespective of mankind.

    • Sheri permalink
      April 21, 2018 8:00 pm

      Maybe they have no windows where they work. That was the excuse of one of our weathermen years ago for saying it was sunny when it was raining—no windows in the news room.

    • Brett Keane permalink
      April 22, 2018 3:24 am

      Even here in rural New Zealand, daffodils tell us it is late winter, not Springtime. True, it is all to do with hormone/temperature interactions, so unusual weather can make their decision tree a bit scrambled. Like us…..

    • April 22, 2018 11:00 am

      I would have thought that bird migration times would have more to do with the conditions where they come from rather than those at thier destination.

      • dave permalink
        April 24, 2018 6:50 am

        They have updates about conditions at their destinations because they are on Twitter.

  8. dennisambler permalink
    April 21, 2018 3:22 pm

    Wildlife is so inconsiderate in adapting to changes in the weather. On the Cleddau Estuary, lapwings came down from the hills in the severe cold and snow, to feed on the mudflats at low tide. Blow me down with a wind turbine, off they went back again when it got a little warmer.

  9. Tim Spence permalink
    April 21, 2018 3:39 pm

    I’m in Andalucia and it’s the latest spring in 15 years. I normally see swallows mid February, by the end of Feb the sky is full of them. The earliest I’ve seen them is 7th of January but this year there were none until the end of March, a full month late, and very few in number. The swifts arrive about 3 or 4 weeks later and have just started arriving.

    • April 21, 2018 4:33 pm

      Mrs J keeps a record of such things and assures me that here in southern Burgundy both the cuckoos and the swallows are two weeks later than last year.

      As was the blossom on the pears and the plums.

      Only weather of course! Our March/April temperatures (8 years only) show nothing in the way of a trend.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      April 22, 2018 7:02 am

      Similar for Limousin, I don’t keep records but the “Frog Chorus” started late this year and blossom also late.

      • jim permalink
        April 22, 2018 12:13 pm

        Ditto,Tarn, everything is at least 2 weeks later than normal.

  10. Karen Walker permalink
    April 21, 2018 3:44 pm

    Appears spring isn’t arriving earlier everywhere – especially in Canada. We live near Calgary and the true sign of when spring arrives in Canada is when the golf courses open – since the golf season here is limited courses always open as soon as weather permits in the spring.

    In the mid to late 90’s (when global warming was actually happening) the golf courses in Alberta used to open the end of March. Since the early 2000’s opening days have gotten later and later. This year most courses won’t open until late April or early May – because there is currently still a foot of snow on the ground.

  11. April 21, 2018 3:44 pm

    My wife has taken part in the Woodland Trust phenology survey since it started. She notices huge variations from year to year, but no specific trend. For example, this year we had a mild period in January and then the earliest ever frog spawn. However, the frog spawn was subsequently frozen solid twice (thanks, beasts from the east) and it was only much later arriving frogspawn that actually produced tadpoles. So, earliest ever frog spawn, very late tadpoles. Try and tease a sign of spring from that.

    What we can say is that this year most plant growth and flowering has been weeks later than “normal”, with as others have noted, it being a regular feature of the local news that farmers are continually complaining about how late “spring” (i. e. grass starting to grow) is this year. My neighbour always has his lambs starting on 1st April because grass growth is normally well underway by then. This year grass did not start to grow till nearly mid April.

  12. NeilC permalink
    April 21, 2018 3:44 pm

    I have been using an index of photosynthesis for the last 20 years for the UK. Photosynthesis cannot occur below 6.9, due to insufficient UV radiation, insufficient temperature and insuffiecient humidity,

    Below is the first date in each of the last 20 years when >6.8 occurred;

    1999 13Mar 8.3
    2000 12Mar 8.5
    2001 14Feb 8.4
    2002 07Mar 9.7
    2003 02Mar 7.1
    2004 30Mar 10.4
    2005 19Mar 8.4
    2006 04Apr 7.0
    2007 09Mar 7.3
    2008 10Feb 7.6
    2009 15Mar 6.9
    2010 02Mar 7.2
    2011 07Mar 6.9
    2012 01Mar 7.3
    2013 05Mar 9.1
    2014 09Mar 10.1
    2015 07Mar 7.2
    2016 13Mar 7.1
    2017 09Mar 9.1
    2018 05Apr 9.7

    Very simply the BBC are lying, yet more FAKE NEWS

  13. Karen Walker permalink
    April 21, 2018 3:48 pm

    Farmers in Canada also very concerned about lateness of spring and soil temperatures.

  14. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 21, 2018 4:21 pm

    Seems likely to me that as a young person, Ms Chapman believes global warming is a fact because that is all she has ever known. Not that it is, but she has lived only during that time when media, politicians, and most school folks take Al Gore and friends as god like.
    As a regurgitator of information we should not expect much more of her.
    When she begins to look at evidence — if she ever does — she will experience cognitive dissonance, and may need medical help. I wish her the best.

  15. TonyN permalink
    April 21, 2018 6:07 pm

    To understand why supposedly reputable media broadcast such rubbish from time to time, first google:

    “Tim Sparks” + “Woodland Trust”

    and then search for information about Professor Tim Sparks extraordinary ‘scientific’ career, and all the publicity that it has generated over the last decade-and-a-half.

    • Duker permalink
      April 22, 2018 9:12 pm

      I followed your suggestion and was intrigued by his advocacy of the Science of phenology.
      I thought he mean phreneology, the ‘science of shape of the skull’
      Not so different after all

      • Russ Wood permalink
        April 23, 2018 2:07 pm

        Oddly enough, a provincial education minister here in South Africa, last year proposed that her department use phrenology to determine what career choice teens in her province should follow. And it apparently wasn’t meant as a joke!

  16. April 21, 2018 7:39 pm

    I bet that if anyone complains about this to the BBC, OFCOM will let them off the hook.
    The CO2 virus is ubiquitous.

  17. Chris, Leeds permalink
    April 21, 2018 8:30 pm

    What can’t the BBC and others see how variable weather in Britain was in the past and that we have had early winters, ‘no winters’ and early springs in the past. Samuel Pepys writing on 31 January 1661 said “It is strange weather we have had all this winter – no cold at all, but the ways are dusty, and the flies fly up and down, and rose bushes are full of leaves…” The next winter of 1661/2 was also so mild that Parliament ordered prayers for more seasonable conditions and as Pepys wrote in January 1662 “It having hitherto been summer weather, that is, both as to warmth …. just as if it was the middle of May and June” A decade or so later the writer Ralph Josselin, of Earl’s Colne, Essex, wrote in 1676 about a “warm, dry calm Christmas [4th January in our new calendar], grass springing, herbs budding, birds singing.”

  18. April 22, 2018 1:24 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Over at the Cliscep.com website discussing this selective fact from the BBC, they link to an Observer article from last Sunday; British farmers in turmoil as delayed spring plays havoc with growing season

    Despite the grasping within the farmers quotes rather spoils the narrative and in fact pertains to the meridional Jetstream that Hubert Lamb often discussed and Piers Corbyn. It is nothing new.

    Farmers griping about the weather goes with the job. But Smith fears something is happening to Britain’s weather that has consequences which stretch far beyond farming.

    “We farm in north-east Essex, in the driest spot in the British Isles, and so we’re keen observers of the British weather. More often now we seem to be stuck in long periods of wet months and then long periods of dry months, which is more challenging for farmers.”

    Adam Lockwood grows spring onions in the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire. “At the minute we’re struggling to get going,” he said. “Potato growers haven’t even started planting yet and drilling dates are well behind where they should be”
    […]
    Like Smith, Lockwood thinks that the climate is changing. “We’re getting more rain in a shorter period rather than evenly distributed across the year – that’s what I’m noticing. And you’re getting more intense dry periods. It’s more extreme.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/14/farmers-crops-livestock-turmoil-beast-from-east-climate-change

  19. donald penman permalink
    April 22, 2018 2:42 am

    There is a road here in Lincoln which I think should be named daffodil road because of the large number of daffodils growing down the side of the road, they are clearly a month late in blooming. The bulb growth is clearly sensitive to soil temperature and starts earlier or later dependant on soil temperature and many other plants behave in a similar way.

  20. Bitter@twisted permalink
    April 22, 2018 8:44 am

    Complaint to bbc made about this latest lie.
    Thanks to Paul and others for providing detailed evidence of Chapman’s lie.

  21. Schrodinger's Cat permalink
    April 22, 2018 7:12 pm

    Is this the basis of a complaint to the BBC? If not, it should be.
    The BBC will deny any wrongdoing of course, but it has to record these tedious statistics and the more complaints the more their record is blemished. It is a great pity that dissatisfaction with the BBC is not more accurately represented in the statistics.

  22. Duker permalink
    April 22, 2018 9:09 pm

    Next thing we know they will be claiming next years Spring will arrive before last years finishes

  23. Vanessa permalink
    April 22, 2018 9:41 pm

    The BBC is going to find this “game” harder and harder as we go into the Grand Solar Minimum (mini ice age) probably more apparent by next winter ! With snow on the ground for longer, Spring will be pushed later and the BBC will be lost for words !!!

  24. richard verney permalink
    April 23, 2018 9:20 am

    I am presently outside the UK, but is anyone lodging an official complaint to the BBC.

    I do not see how they could easily justify the comment

    Spring now arrives an average of 26 days earlier each year than it did 10 years ago. We know this because of the extraordinary records kept by the public, stretching back centuries.

    What records/
    What did they show for the arrival of Spring in 2008, ie., what date did Spring advise that year.

    Which years between then and 2018 show that Spring arrived 26 days earlier that the date of arrival in 2008?

    The BBC should be asked to list the date of arrival of Spring for all years between 2008 and 2018.

    • April 23, 2018 12:57 pm

      I’ve suggested to Benny Peiser that they make a formal complaint

  25. CJN permalink
    April 23, 2018 10:37 am

    Somebody should tell my Cherry Tree, it flowered three weeks later than last year.

  26. April 23, 2018 12:18 pm

    West Virginia did not get the memo. I drove in snow squalls from Morgantown to Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County on Thursday. I had boxes of apples in my van for the education luncheon decorations and favors our DAR Chapter was hosting on Saturday. We had to bring them inside due to hard freezes on Thursday and Friday nights so as not to be putting out apple sauce.

  27. ottokring permalink
    April 23, 2018 8:21 pm

    Someone once wrote into Terry Wogan with this ancient rural proverb to illustrate the dangers of climate change and how it was handled in days of yore…

    On hearing the first cuckoo
    And seeing the first swallow
    Hosepipe ban sure to follow.

  28. john cooknell permalink
    April 23, 2018 8:30 pm

    My observation is that Street and Roadway Lighting has brought forward the bursting of buds and flowering of plants, just as it delays leaf colour turning and fall in the Autumn.

    You can see the effect on every roadway if you care to look.

    But the BBC just make things up, why spoil a good story.

  29. john cooknell permalink
    April 23, 2018 8:33 pm

    Time for my old favourite. There is nothing new in the world. The establishment and our leaders were worrying about Climate Change 350years ago.

    1. Samuel Pepys 21st jan 1661
    It is strange what weather we have had all this winter; no cold at all; but the ways are dusty, and the flyes fly up and down, and the rose-bushes are full of leaves, such a time of the year as was never known in this world before here.
    House Of Lords 11th jan 1662
    The Fast to be observed in Westm. Abbey, and the Bp. of St. David’s to preach.
    ¶Whereas His Majesty hath been pleased, by Proclamation, upon the Unseasonableness of the Weather, to command a general and public Fast, to be religiously and solemnly kept, within the Cities of London and Westm. and Places adjacent: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament assembled.
    Samuel Pepys 15 jan 1662
    fast day ordered by the Parliament, to pray for more seasonable weather; it having hitherto been summer weather, that it is, both as to warmth and every other thing, just as if it were the middle of May or June, which do threaten a plague (as all men think) to follow, for so it was almost the last winter; and the whole year after hath been a very sickly time to this day

  30. John Palmer permalink
    April 24, 2018 4:09 am

    Interesting news piece in the Telegraph today saying that lamb prices will be going up this season due to late lambing caused by the delayed Spring this year!
    But I don’t suppose many Beeb types ever read the DT.

    • Nordisch geo-climber permalink
      April 24, 2018 6:57 am

      BBC should be abolished. They are beyond recovery. No swallows here in the Lake District where I live. Spring is late. City dwellers may not notice this observational reality, or they may not wish to.

      • Nordisch geo-climber permalink
        April 24, 2018 10:13 am

        Aha! They have arrived. Late spring nevertheless.

  31. April 24, 2018 1:38 pm

    The entire local cricket league was postponed for a week here. The hot weather last weekend was too late as ground preperation had not been adequate at most grounds due to March weather. Just a rare and random event.

  32. April 24, 2018 6:32 pm

    BBCat it again:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43879564

    The sad thing is that a good proportion of the commentators swallow the rubbish.

  33. Saighdear permalink
    April 24, 2018 8:14 pm

    Naw! I think she was right enough – go figure ‘Spring now arrives an average of 26 days earlier each year than it did 10 years ago’ So, – 26(days) times 10 (years) = 260 days. leaving 100 days in the year…? OK? Now 100 days in from 1st Jan is …? It IS April 10th Wonderful! Just another Political statement from Fake News. Can you argue with that ? Maybe they scored an own goal!

  34. Saighdear permalink
    April 24, 2018 8:17 pm

    …. and the Swallows haven’t arrived in the N of Scotland YET. at least 1 week late. they’ve already missed the late spring rainfall to make mud in the puddles for their nest building, caterpillars are still waiting for birds to lay their eggs – so no food going to waste yet EITHER. Bumble bees in abundance before this wind blows / freezes the fruit blossom off like in past few years. so there !

  35. cockneygit permalink
    April 28, 2018 3:05 pm

    The BBC has a number of seriously weird agendas to push, as if it had some strange vested interest. It’s just part of its left-wingism (anti-Trump, anti-Brexit, pro-warming). I strongly urge you all to give up your licence. We did, back in 2014 – and stick to it legally – if for no other reason that we don’t want to watch anything the BBC puts out. Every so often we get a letter reminding us that we don’t have a licence, but it just goes on the fire. We will never go back to watching TV again (and we’re both ‘only’ in our 50s, by the way). It’s dross.

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