I feel everything is finding this weather a bit oppressive at the moment as very little activity on all fronts.
A walk along the bunk line and back today was hard work as very little shade and I think Alan found similar conditions along the river.
One of the farms along the bunk line has cut all the grass around a field and it appears to have suppressed a lot of insect activity whereas the fields that are still bordered by grasses and flowering plants still have a lot of insect activity present.
Do not understand why they need to do that? Hardly “Guardians of the countryside”
And another Red Kite found dead beneath a power line. The 3rd one in the same spot in 2 years!
Sounds like what is happening in Africa and Asia with poorly designed power lines killing numbers of Raptors!
Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Blue Emperor & Common Darter.
Butterflies: Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown & Ringlet.
Emerging Dragonfly from Bill's garden pond. courtesy Bill Nicholls
Deceased Red Kite
Mow or not to mow?
Shaded Broad Bar Moth courtesy Alan
Buzzard courtesy Alan
Emperor courtesy Alan
Common Darter courtesy Alan