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The first glimmer of spring arrives with snopdrops. We imagine the days getting longer and sunnier. But that is too soon. The real signs of spring are a variety of new buds, the most iconic of which is the bluebell, although daffodils create impressive shows too.

The first day of spring in the UK astronomically occurs on the vernal equinox, 20 March 2024. But did you know there are actually three main definitions for the season coming from astronomy, meteorology and phenology?

For most of the northern hemisphere, the spring months are usually March, April and May, and so by this definition spring starts on 1 March. This is because meteorologists tend to divide seasons into periods of three whole months based on average monthly temperatures, with summer as the warmest and winter as the coldest. [Royal Museums Greenich].

Confusingly, this has little correlation to the clocks changing. See index.asp?pageid=734365

Renton daffodils. See index.asp?pageid=731753

A road bank above Renton.

The amazing scene in the RSPB Loch Lomond Bird Reserve. See index.asp?pageid=715851

Blossoms at Christie Park Primary School.  See index.asp?pageid=715771

ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH :https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/when-does-spring-start

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