Parish Nature Notes for October - John Wright

As expected in October some days were mild and sunny, others cool and cloudy but in addition there were periods of torrential rain and also cold sunny days accompanied by icy winds from the north. Autumn colours started to develop on some deciduous trees and a bewildering variety of fungi appeared as if by magic.

Fly Agaric

Parish Nature Notes for August - John Wright

August could hardly be described as settled, but amongst the cloudy and wet days there were also a reasonable number of sunny days to enjoy. The diversity of plants to be found within our parish still continues to surprise me and the total number found in 2011/2012 now exceeds 700 species, of which 650 have been seen this year.

Osprey with fish

Parish Nature Notes for June - John Wright

The Met Office tell us that June was the wettest on record and this follows a sequence of months with unexpected twists and turns in the weather. Nevertheless, our wildlife responds to each season as best it can and somehow juvenile birds appear, butterflies take flight whenever the sun breaks through and this month many plants have extended their flowering period instead of shrivelling up in the heat. Other committments early in the month and a holiday in the second half of June mean that my notes are more limited in coverage than normal.

Silver-studded Blue

Parish Nature Notes for May - John Wright

May is always an exciting month to observe wildlife and the exceptional rains of April and early May, followed by hot dry weather later in the month have produced some lush vegetation and a wide range of wild flowers. In addition, birds are nesting and rearing young and increasing numbers of spring butterflies and dragonflies are on the wing.

Beautiful Demoiselle