I entered my first ever photo competition last month. It was run by the UK Phenology Network/The Woodland Trust, who organise the Nature’s Calendar recording scheme. Nature’s Calendar aims to ‘collate and store all UK data on Nature’s Calendar’. It includes SpringWatch, which the BBC is involved in.
For the competition you had to send in a photo that ‘captures the essence of spring and that features one of the species recorded by the UKPN’. I sent in this photo of a peacock butterfly on blackthorn blossom:
I took it last spring on the banks of the River Derwent in North Yorkshire.
And guess what? It won ‘Highly Commended’ in the competition, and the UKPN/Woodland Trust have chosen to use it as the banner image for their Nature’s Calendar e-newsletter for March, as you can see by clicking here.
Nature’s Calendar, and its children’s site, Nature Detectives, are great places to record what you see where you are. And their newsletter is a great way of keeping up-to-date with what’s going on around the country.