“ Spring comes … as though this island were its natural home, as though this small green platform on the edge of the Atlantic was the original spawning ground of the season.”
The first day of spring marks a turning point in the year, bringing the promise of new life and longer warmer days.
Nature writing has long celebrated the arrival of this much anticipated season: Dorothy Wordsworth, walking in Somerset on the 20 March 1798, comments, ‘No green trees, only the hedges are budding, and looking very lovely’; Derek Jarman, in his Dungeness journal, notes that on 21 March 1989, ‘Deep in the middle of the woods, in the most secret glade, primroses are blooming’; and Melissa Harrison, describing what spring means to her writes, in 2016, ‘For me it’s snowdrops, fat black buds on the ash trees and the blackbird’s first song that tell me spring’s arrived’.
On Friday 20 March 2020 the Arts and Humanities Research Council in partnership with the National Trust and with the Landlines research team (based at the Universities of Leeds, St Andrews and Sussex) will be creating a second crowd-sourced spring nature diary.
Submit your Spring Nature Diary
The Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.