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Nature offers a window on global natural history, providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment, and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it.
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Monday 31 January 2005
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Midwinter Wonders

The ancient fire festival of Imbolc is one of eight festivals that were once celebrated to recognise the equinoxes and turning of the seasons.  Imbolc falls on 1st February which is the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  It was a time to welcome the return of the sun with lengthening days and warming temperatures. 

In Nature  Paul Evans finds out more about Imbolc and celebrates the early signs of spring.  He discovers how plants and animals time their behaviour and responses to the changing seasons, temperatures and daylength.  For example, bird species need to link their courtship and breeding to a time further on in the year when there will be a plentiful supply of food for their young.

With so much fluctuation today in our seasonal weather and rising temperatures, Paul also finds out how species can adapt their behaviour to these changes.  

This year, the BBC and the Woodland Trust have launched a major survey to record the arrival of spring across the UK.  Anyone can take part by logging the dates you first see bumblebees, frogspawn and seven-spot ladybirds.  You can record your sightings on the BBC website: Springwatch

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