Hawthorn has been spotted in flower at New Year, a whole five months earlier than expected Alamy

Hawthorn has been spotted in flower at New Year, a whole five months earlier than expected Alamy

‘It’s unheard-of: after the warmest and wettest December on record, more than 600 species of British wildflowers were in bloom on New Year’s Day 2016, a major survey has shown.

In a normal cold winter, botanists would expect no more than 20 to 30 types of wild plants to be in flower in the British Isles at the year’s end – species such as daisy, dandelion and gorse.

But a survey by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) has discovered that on 1 January, no fewer than 612 species were actually flowering, including some from late spring and high summer – an occurrence which seems to be without precedent, and has left plant scientists astonished.’ For more read the full article here.

 

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