Nature this June

Posted on 5 June, 2019

June is the month when insect wildlife is in abundance; moths, dragonflies, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, bugs and other mini beasts are everywhere. Whether you like them or not, you will no doubt see tiny spiders this month as their babies hatch. 

Look out for butterflies; red admirals, peacocks, painted ladies, commas, large whites, small whites, speckled woods and small tortoiseshells are just some of the butterflies that you may see in your garden this month. 

On summer evenings, bats will be at their most active. It's really difficult to tell what the different species are without monitoring the sounds that they make with a bat detector. Pipistrelles are the commonest of small bats and brown long-eared the most widely distributed large bat. Look out for them after sunset in woodlands, parks and larger gardens. 

This month is the month where you will see many fledglings, they look very different to their parents, if you spot them, see if you can make out what species they are. If you see one trying to fly, don't pick it up as its parents will often be nearby and may even be feeding it. Look out on rivers, canals and lakes for ducklings, cygnets and goslings.