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Spring into autumn
Cherry blossom
A while to wait for cherry blossom?
The clocks have only just gone back for winter, yet early signs of spring have sprung, with blossom and primroses budding in the mild weather. Send us your sightings.

Last Thursday it was T-shirt weather as much of the UK basked in an October heat wave. And it has been an unusually clement autumn, with temperatures 4C warmer than usual for this time of year.

The mild weather has brought apple blossoms into bloom at Kent's Riverside Country Park - apple trees typically do not flower until April or May - and a recent letter to the Guardian simply read "Primroses. Chiswick. Late October." The primrose is traditionally the first flower of the year, appearing in February, but it can bloom much earlier.

The age-old signs of spring - which does not officially arrive until the equinox on 22 March - are arriving increasingly early.

Is it all down to global warming? Whatever the reason, it's something the Magazine has decided to keep tabs on and we need your help.

SIGNS OF SPRING
Late Jan: snowdrops
Late Feb: primroses
Early March: bumblebees and frog spawn
Late April: first swallows arrive
UK Phenology Network figures
"We have just received one early observation of frog spawning in Cornwall, and snowdrops have been reported in the media," says a spokeswoman for the Woodland Trust's UK Phenology Network, whose members record the first signs of spring and autumn.

Last spring bumblebees and peacock butterflies were seen on average three weeks earlier than 30 years ago, and hawthorns flowered more than a fortnight earlier. And swifts arrived a week earlier than even recent warm years.

Has spring sprung early where you live? Send us your sightings using the form below, and send us a picture to the.magazine@bbc.co.uk with the subject line SPRING SIGNS.

Some of your spring sightings:

That would explain the little duckings I saw in Christchurch Park in Ipswich last week. Sadly I didn't get a photo of them. I'll go back and try this weekend.
Pauline Yates, Ipswich

Daffodils and crocuses are growing at the moment. No flower buds yet but last year we had them for Christmas
Mary, Dublin, Ireland

One of my apple trees on my Sheffield allotment decided to flower - at the end of October!
Julie Riley, Sheffield

Spotted this lunchtime in Swindon - a red admiral butterfly in flight.
Robert Slade, Swindon, Wiltshire

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