The observations of a naturalist
So we have had an unprecedented period of hot and sunny weather and after the previous awful summers, freezing winters and late springs you would have thought that wildlife would be making amends and teeming. Well – thats not been my experience based upon my garden.
It seems to me the weather of the last few years has absolutely walloped wildlife locally. On a hot and sunny day like today you would expect a garden to be teeming with wildlife – well mine isn’t. As readers of this blog will know I like photographing insects in my garden – it has been more standing around than photographing recently.
I am currently working from home writing a report on nature and every now and again I stray into the garden for a break and a search for inspiration. Throughout today I saw 6 species of butterfly represented by around 20 individuals in total. Large white, green veined white, meadow brown, gatekeeper, large skipper and ringlet…. No small tortoiseshells, peacocks, speckled woods, small whites, painted ladies or red admirals.
Nature has taken a real hit in the last year or so and needs a break now to recover – all of the species missing from my garden are common species not rarities – goodness knows what has happened to them.
Lets see what August and September brings – a recovery of sorts I hope. In the meantime here are a couple of pictures from today – its not all doom and gloom.
A green veined white on a buddleia bush
A ringlet butterfly