We’ve had some ups and downs with the weather this year, including some scorching spring days, but as midsummer approaches we hope that sunny afternoons are here to stay. Dragonflies and damselflies are on the wing in great numbers and bees are buzzing.
Look out for the swallows and swifts of summer swooping over water and grassland picking up insects to feed their young. Soon they will be starting to build up their fat reserves again ready to make the journey south again in a few months. Other species could be arriving on our shores, including hummingbird hawk moths, the occasional swallowtail and painted lady butterflies.
Whilst you’re out and about feel happier, healthier and more connected to nature by doing something wild every day for thirty days this June. No matter where you live – from an urban jungle to a windswept mountain – wildlife and wild places are all around, waiting to be discovered by you. Find out more about 30 Days Wild here.
What to spot this month includes
- Elder Blooms
- Ox-eye daisy
- Common spotted-orchid
- Painted lady butterflies
- Yellow horned poppy
- Elephant hawk moth
- Yellow hammer
- Beautiful demoiselles and banded demoiselles
- Solitary bees
Tell us what you've seen
There are many more species to be spotted this month. Keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to fill in our species recording form, so we can submit your sightings to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.
Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve to visit this month
Iping and Stedham Commons are an outstanding example of lowland heath and are well worth a visit in June. This huge expanse of open heathland can seem like an unforgiving landscape, but closer examination reveals a wealth of life specially adapted these harsh conditions. Many of the plants growing here can exist in no other habitat. In wet seepages insectivorous sundews lure in prey with their sugary sticky red droplets, whilst bog bush crickets crawl over the soft cushions of sphagnum moss. From digger wasps, tiger beetles and field crickets to Dartford warbler, woodlark and nightjar, a visit to this reserve truly is a special wildlife experience and in June and July there is the added blue confetti of tiny sliver-studded blue butterflies seen fluttering over the bell heather.
Sussex Wildlife Trust Courses
Fancy a summer wildlife walk on Malling Down or perhaps spending a day with the spectacular spiders of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve? Find out what events and courses Sussex Wildlife Trust are running this June.