RMetS meeting on how the weather impacts flora and fauna

Thursday 03rd May 2012 by theWeather Club

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The science of phenology involves the recording of the seasonal cycles of the natural world. Observations in phenology have been taking place for 100s of years and by the end of the 19th century the recording of the appearance and development of plants and animals became a national pastime, so much so that between 1891 and 1948 a programme of phenological recording was organised across the British Isles by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS). The RMetS is hosting a meeting 'Frost and Frogs to Heatwaves and Hawthorn' to look at how the weather and climate impacts on flora and fauna in the UK including a description of the basic science of phenology.

Recent internet-based technology has allowed many more people to contribute to the database of UK phenological records, and this data is now being used by scientists in a number of different fields to study the response of plant and animal populations to variability in weather and climate.

This RMetS meeting will bring together speakers from a range of different fields: meteorology, ecology and ornithology. The meeting will take place in the stunning surroundings of the London Wetlands Centre in West London on Saturday 26th May from 10am. The meeting is open to all and is free to attend. For more information visit the RMetS website.