Daffodils and Primroses Bring Early Spring to City; Growth Real Evidence of Global Warming
Byline: JASON GREEN
IT LOOKS like spring has came early in parts of Merseyside this year, as plants not normally seen until late March are springing up around the region.
Daffodils have been spotted in Sefton Park while wild primroses have also sprouted at the National Wildflower Centre in Huyton.
Project manager Richard Scott said: ``This is just following a continuing trend that started up to 30 years ago. Five of the last 10 years have been the warmest this century. ''
Asked about what effect this climate change is having on the seasons, Mr Scott said that it has moved spring forwards by two weeks. It is real evidence of global warming.
He added: ``In some cases this warmer, wetter weather could lead to two flowering cycles instead of one and some more delicate species, such as the bluebell and snowdrop may not be able to survive with the added competition for space.
``This will eventually lead to a change in the composition of our national vegetation. ''
The Royal Horticultural Society has been inundated with reports of strange growth patterns around the country.
RHS spokesperson Clair Slack said: ``With the effects of climate change becoming more apparent, we will be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing in the future.
``With winter becoming less cold but more wet, it promotes longer growing seasons. ''
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Publication information: Article title: Daffodils and Primroses Bring Early Spring to City; Growth Real Evidence of Global Warming. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Post (Liverpool, England). Publication date: January 12, 2005. Page number: 8. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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