Natures Diary

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Hedgehogs are more noticeable this month. If a male, whilst wandering around, finds a mate he will move around her in circles, snuffling and snorting. This courtship sometimes lasting several hours. How does a Hedgehog mate? Carefully! - The old ones are the best ones.


Dawn chorus is now in full swing but other birds to listen out for are Bittern, Nightingale and even the tiny Wren. A real treat to the Summer is the gentle, soothing "turr, turr" of the Turtle Dove. Newly arrived are the Spotted Flycatchers and Nightjars.


Dog Violet are apparent but although from the same family as Pansies, they are not scented. Ox eye daisy and Yellow Rattle can be found in meadow areas. Horse Chestnut trees are in flower and very noticeable unlike those of the Oak tree which are also in bloom.


Mayflies and Maybugs not surprising are abundant this month taking to the air. Maybug's also known as Cockchafer Beetles would have pupated and then emerged the previous autumn, the "c" shaped larvae being a favorite food for Badgers, Crows and also Rooks. Large numbers of insects can be seen on the large umbellifers such as Cow Parsley or Giant Hogweed. Dragonflies and Damselflies such as the Banded Demoiselle are another invertebrate taking to the skies, but which can be taken by Hobby at this time of year.