Keeping an eye out on the Autumn

FAMILIES in Northumberland have been called on to look out for the onset of autumn.

The Woodland Trust is asking volunteers to monitor woods and trees to see if unusual seasonal events are continuing.

The group says that preliminary results from 40,000 volunteer observations suggest that spring this year was the earliest this century and it suspects that signs of autumn colour will also arrive early.

Nature advisor Prof Tim Sparks said: “Autumn is the best season to get out and make the most of our trees and woods, the beautiful reds, browns and golds are an awe-inspiring sight.

“We’re calling for people across Northumberland to help us record the changing seasons, which helps inform scientists about the effects of climate change on our native flora and fauna.”

People can record their sightings of autumn colours online at