With small amounts of rain on only nine days during the month, May reinforced a statistically significant trend of lower spring rainfall here since 2000. A recent paper in the International Journal of Climatology confirms this trend for the UK as a whole, linking it to atmospheric pressure changes over Greenland brought about by warming in this part of the Arctic, which then impacts the north Atlantic Jet-
The result for us was a rapid fall in the sand-
On a more optimistic note, May is one of the most visually attractive months, never failing to delight as trees suddenly erupt in foliage of different shades, from the yellowish-
Guided walks are one of the best ways of showing local residents the wildlife wonders on their doorsteps. The regular mid-
Another exciting botanical find was a single large plant of Common Scurvy-
One of our “flag-
There were relatively few unusual birds reported during the month, an exception being at Marshside where I caught up with a Glossy Ibis on 7th, followed two days later by a Garganey, three Little Gulls, a Black Tern and a Mediterranean Gull. During this period, Black Terns were widely reported in the region, being classically associated with easterly winds in May.