Nature Notes: June
Whilst the weather may have turned, what a glorious spring we have had! The hedges are looking luscious and green, and unmown verges are bursting with Oxeye daisies and Red Campion. Our garden has been full of bumblebees, honeybees and ladybirds flying from flower to flower.
It is also definitely fledgling season – my bird food reserves are being eaten at an incredibly fast rate by hoards of new great tits, blue tits, house sparrows and greenfinches – I can’t keep up!
The star of our garden are the swifts – we spent the hot days having a squad of swifts screeching their way over our garden like the Red Arrows doing a display, with quick dips into their nests in our house now and again to feed some noisy broods!
Red kites and buzzards circling high in sky, enjoying rising plumes of warm air, accompanied them – there’s no way they’re doing that for anything other than fun! Some of the things I’ll be looking out for over the next few months include elderflower – to make cordial – and watching the foxgloves become wonderful towers of purple as they keep growing higher and higher.
Environmental tip: Have a go at making a pond! It can be any size (ours is only 50 x 50 cm), and it could just be a bucket. Fill a container with water; rainwater, if you can, and make sure there is something in it (like a plank of wood) so that if anything goes in, like a frog, they can get out.
If you can, get hold of some pond plants, and put a few stones in the bottom. Then wait – it took less than a day to get our visitors in there. If the water goes green, don’t worry, just leave it, and if you remove any plants or leaves from the pond leave them by the pond for a day before clearing them away, so any tiny creatures can crawl out and back into the water. For more tips on creating ponds go to www.rsbp.org.uk and search for creating a mini pond.