Spring 2019 arrived in November 2018, The Woodland Trust has said, after snowdrops started to bloom months earlier than usual.
The first flowering took place in Hampshire on November 30, and by December buds had emerged as far north as the Highlands of Scotland, as well as North and West Yorkshire, the Vale of Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Devon and West Sussex.
The average date for snowdrops to appear is February 5th.
Bumblebees and butterflies, were also spotted on Christmas Day in Somerset and Mid Glamorgan, despite usually hibernating until March and April thanks to warm winter temperatures.
And a red admiral butterfly was also seen on the December 17 in Cambridgeshire. Its average emergence…