With three millimetres of rain and overnight temperature a low single figure, it certainly feels more like autumn now.
The final butterfly transects, we have been monitoring them now since early April, were completed this week. The surveyors haven’t been bothered by huge numbers of butterflies, although understand we still have quite a few speckled wood butterflies,
37 were seen on the north transect, plus a good number of comma (16) and five red admiral on the south section.
Other signs of autumn are the burgeoning numbers of fungi, like this troop, of I believe lycoperdon sp.(?), I saw beside the path.
Whilst bird numbers aren’t particularly spectacular yet, the range of species is increasing slowly. One lucky couple saw what they are sure was a honey buzzard in the Ibsley Water area. More prosaically I only managed a few of the more common species, like this lapwing
and a couple of young little grebe, or dabchick, with a coot.
A final flurry of, mostly fairly inconspicuous, flowers is providing a little colour around the place, but most are well past their best.
On the ‘light trap’ front, we are still attracting hornets,
but a number of colourful moths as well.