Natures Diary

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June is prime time to see the unfortunately named, rarer of our two Seals (The Common Seal) with pups. Because the pups are born with a waterproof, sleek fur, the same as the adults, females can give birth on rocks or sand belts exposed at low tides. Unlike the Common Seal, the Grey seal gives birth to white fluffy pups during the winter months, which cannot swim for several months until their fur has moulted.


Heading for the seaside in the height of summer has its benefits - seabirds such as Puffin, Fulmars, Guillemots and Razorbills will be raising their young amidst predators such as Lesser Blackbacked Gull and Peregrine Falcons. Yellow hammers with their "little bit of bread and no cheese" tune along with skylarks are typical of countryside memories in the summertime.


Pink Thrift tolerant of salt can often be found on cliff tops in full bloom whilst inland, you may be lucky to find patches of Bee Orchids. Elder is in flower this month, attracting vast numbers of insects as is Honeysuckle. Ox-eye Daisy can put on a fantastic show in embankments along with the tall columns of flowers of the Foxglove.


The largest beetle in British fauna is the Stag Beetle. Having spent up to 5 years as a grub, eating from within rotten logs, the adult beetle will only have 3 months within which to find a mate and continue its lifecycle. These Beetles are increasingly rare and depend on rotten log piles to survive. Another fascinating insect this month is the Scorpion Fly, with the males reproductive organ looking very intimidating, mimicking a scorpions tail. It is in fact harmless.