Booker on the BBC’s Early Spring Lie

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

Booker has his regular blackthorn winter report this week, but has a dig at that woefully misleading BBC programme, Costing the Earth:

After we outsourced our weather to the Sahara for those few days of unusual warmth, vivid splashes of white along our Somerset hedgerows last week coincided with that familiar chill known to countryfolk as the “blackthorn winter”. Along with this year’s wonderful shows of primroses and dog violets, these signs of spring have all come at what, from many decades of observation, I think of as their “normal” time, with blackthorn usually flowering in the last 10 days of April.

This might come as a surprise to anyone who heard a recent edition of that drearily climate-change obsessed programme Costing The Earth on BBC Radio 4, which assured us that springs are now coming an average of “26 days” earlier than they did 10 years ago. Its young…

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