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Image caption Familiar songbirds like the nuthatch may be building nests at this time of year. Hopping birds seemed a thrill of pleasure to William Wordsworth, while trees' greenness was "a kind of grief" for Philip Larkin. Poets and writers have been capturing the arrival of Spring for centuries. On this - the first day of Spring - people around the UK are invited to contribute their own poetry and prose. The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council is asking for entries to a "national nature diary" documenting the season's arrival. The 150-word entries can be submitted via a website or social media. Image caption The aim of the diary is to capture the first day of Spring from "dawn to dusk". Dr Pippa Marland, who studies culture and the environment at the University of Leeds, said: "The crowd-sourced spring diary will give nature lovers across the UK the chance to participate in an event that combines the best traditions of citizen science with the opportunity to produce their own ... Full story

20 March