Natures Diary

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Choose an early morning on a day when the sun is breaking through and you may be rewarded with seeing the tiny replica versions of reptiles such as Common Lizard, Adder and Slow Worm, check out your compost heap and you may even find young Grass Snakes hatching from their eggs after developing in the natural incubator of decaying vegetable matter.


Blackbirds and Starlings are readily eating the fruits of plants such as Elderberry. Lapwings, Knot and Bar tailed Godwits can be seen feeding through the mud on reserves and estuaries.


Later this month starts the season for looking out for and eating Parasol Mushrooms. However if you think you have stumbled across a decaying corpse of some sort whilst in the woods, cast your eye out for the common Stink Horn fungi. Its latin name Phallus impudicus is rather apt, looking at the picture of one I photographed above! Angelica attracts bees and flies while Yellow Toadflax and the pink of Rosebay Willow-herb can be seen along road verges. Greater Bindweed, with its white flower climbs through the hedgerows. River banks can be suffering from Hymalayan Balsam .


Grasshoppers can be heard amongst the long grass advertising their terrortories. Gatekeeper butterflies and Large Whites are frequent visitors to hedgerows. Common Blues and Brown Argos are among some of the smaller butterflies still around this month.