Many people have been giving up their time during this pandemic to become a citizen scientist, collecting data to help further our understnading of the health of the planet.
The Woodland Trust has had manu contributions to it’s Nature’s Calendar project. To take part you start recording the changes that happen in nature around you. This can be leaves coming out on trees, snowdrops and daffodils or crocus pushing up, birds arriving and starting to nest. And it contiunes throughout the year so you can record when leaves start falling, birds leaving to winter, or birds arriving to winter here.
Anaylysing some of the data already recorded for the last few years suggests, spring starts earlier than it did 100 years ago. This data helps with conservations efforts and management of species.
By collecting this data you can make yourself more aware of the environment around you. In Germany people have recorded birdsong near their homes at dawn. In Italy they’ve been measuring the amount of light pollution that comes into your home.
The strength of these projects is all down to citizen scientists recording things all year round , every year.