Tuesday, April 29, 2008

UK Phenology Network

For those of you that know me you'll know I have an interest in this sort of thing. So, it is nice to report (British Wildlife 19; 4 April 2008) that the UK Phenology Network has just reached its 10th birthday.
Initially labeled as a 'poor relation' by the scientific community, this citizen science organisation (of 40,000 registered recorders) has reached the dizzy heights of featuring prominently in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - it's data being cited in reports.
Acknowledgement of time and input into keeping the concept of the Phenology Network going must lie with Tim Sparks, who lectures repeatedly on the interesting facts, figures, and humanity that exists within the Networks database.
Once I have digested the content of the article in BW I'll post some interesting snippets.

If you are a member of another wildlife organisation (BTO, RSPB, Wildlife Trust etc) you can subscribe to BW for £19.95 p.a. (for six copies). I would recommend it - it introduces you to lots of aspects of wildlife that you wish you knew more about.

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