Submitted by AJ Cann on Fri, 20/03/2020 - 06:13
    Lesser Celandine

    March 20th 2020 is the Vernal (Spring) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. More...

    There are two ways of defining the start of spring. According to the Met Office, spring starts on 1st March every year. The more traditional way involves astronomy and is a bit complicated (you can Google the details if you want to know). Although it moves around slightly, this year the spring equinox was at 3am on 20th March. (I was asleep and missed it because the Blackbird that sings outside my window didn't wake me up until 5am). At the spring and autumn equinoxes the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – approximately. The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the equator from south to north as the days are getting longer. So whether you're a meteorologist or a naturalist, it is now definitely spring, so please go outside and enjoy it. 

    Lesser Celandine - Ficaria verna.