This is a very strange time in world history with a global pandemic confining most of us to our homes. As the world shuts down around us the uplifting role that wildlife plays in our lives becomes more vital than ever, and this really is a fantastic time for wildlife. 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 screaming swifts of summer swooping over water and grassland picking up insects to feed their young. 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 might be staying at home most of the time - 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. Sign up for 30 Days Wild here.
What to spot this month includes
- Elder Blooms
- Ox-eye daisy
- Swifts, swallows and house martins
- 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 so 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.