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Natures Diary

Animals:

With the increased number of insects this month, brings an increased chance of seeing Bats emerging as daylight fades. If you are on the coast keep an eye open for Cetaceans such as Porpoises, Dolphins and Whales. If inland keep an eye open for the fast disappearance of reptiles such as Adders, Slow Worms and Common Lizard. With the higher temperatures reptile activity is increased along with Grass Snakes looking to lay eggs in suitable habitats.

Birds:

Stonechat’s are a prominent bird this month in open spaces and especially heathland, competing with Dartford Warblers to feed their young copious amounts of insects and caterpillars.

Plants:

Buddleia and Heather show off their Purple flowers enticing bees and butterflies. Bramble flowers are another valuable source of nectar for insects.

Insects:

Purple Hairstreak’s can be seen flying high up in Oak trees this month, with White Admirals taking advantage of the Bramble flowers. Silver-Washed Fritillary’s are starting to make a comeback in Suffolk woods and may be seen from the end of June to late July. Southern Hawker and Golden-ringed Dragonfly are amongst many of the Dragonflies and Damselflies starting to take to the skies.

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