Another month of above average temperatures culminated in a heat wave with several days of 29oC, coupled with high humidity. The “orchid summer” continued, with later species, such as the Marsh Helleborine, putting on a good show in the dune-
On the first day of the month, Patricia Lockwood joined me to record Japanese Rose in the southern Birkdale frontals as part of the coastwide volunteer survey of this rapidly spreading garden-
Another botanical survey involved a study of the rare Sharp Club-
Hightown dunes also support many uncommon plants, a mid-
My annual dragonfly walk at Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve attracted 20 enthusiasts in ideal conditions. We found eight species, about par for the course, including a splendid female Black-
Another garden dragonfly was an immature male Southern Hawker, a vision in emerald green, that Patricia Lockwood found in her kitchen. She kept it in the fridge overnight so I could photograph it the following morning, after which it soon warmed up and flew off in the direction of next door’s garden pond.
Butterflies also benefited from the warm weather, a highlight being the White-
Towards the end of the month, there was a spectacular hatch of Peacocks, reflected in my count of 50 on Creeping Thistle at Hightown. With them were a dozen Small Tortoishells, two Red Admirals and singles of Comma and Painted Lady; all the common “vanessids” in one go!