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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust: On the look out for wildlife in June

A stock-in-trade headline for tabloids and internet news sites forecasting summer heatwaves is the phrase ‘Flaming June’, writes Erin McDaid of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

It seems to get trotted out every year, despite the original phrase having nothing to do with the weather or the fact temperatures are rarely anything approaching flaming.

Although the weather may only just be warming up in June, there is plenty of heat, energy and excitement in the world of wildlife.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

There are countless opportunities to see and experience wildlife in all its glory with flowers in full bloom, butterflies in abundance, bees buzzing, birds busy rearing their broods and bats taking advantage of a bonanza of insects on the wing.

June is an amazing time of year to connect with nature with so much to see, hear, and smell and savour.

You can enjoy simple pleasures, such as the feeling of grass between your toes as you walk through a wild flower meadow or laying back on the grass while look skyward in awe at the aerial acrobatics of swifts, swallows and martins.

Ox-eye daisies. Photo: Rob Pettifer (47520221)
Ox-eye daisies. Photo: Rob Pettifer (47520221)

There are a raft of seasonal delights, so many it can be difficult to know what to focus on next, but if my arm were twisted and I was forced to pick a star turn of this early summer month I would plump for wild flowers.

From drifts of ox-eye daisy along roadside verges to displays of green winged orchids in traditional meadows or even the simple delights of daisies or bright yellow buttercups in a lawn, the variety of colours, shapes and sizes of our native flowers is mind-boggling.

The nectar that this flush of flowers provides heralds a seasonal bounty for butterflies, including common blue and meadow brown butterflies that can now be seen alongside the brimstone, holly blue, peacock and painted lady. Bees, hoverflies and other insects add to a sense that the landscape is buzzing with life.

When combined with the longest days of the year, this abundance of natural sights, sounds and smells, makes June a dream month for nature lovers.

Brimstone. Photo: Matt Berry (47520217)
Brimstone. Photo: Matt Berry (47520217)

These factors are also key to why wildlife trusts choose to host our annual 30 Days Wild challenge each June.

This year we are looking forward to thousands of Nottinghamshire folk joining us ­— and don’t let the idea of a challenge put you off, the only challenging element is staying involved for the full 30 days and we are on hand to provide ideas and inspiration throughout.

30 Days Wild is all about taking time to enjoy and appreciate nature alongside family and friends. It’s a time of celebration too and last year over half a million people joined in fun ­— everyone from families, individuals and couples to schools, care homes and businesses, all keen to find ways to connect with nature close to home.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild campaign. (47520219)
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild campaign. (47520219)

With lockdown restrictions eased there couldn’t be a better time to get out into nature to take part so we are hoping 30 Days Wild will be bigger and better than ever in 2021.

As well as enjoying the nature in your own garden, or perhaps a local park, why not use 30 Days Wild as an excuse to visit some of the lesser known Wildlife Trust nature reserves, such as Ploughman Wood near Lowdham, Farndon Willow Holt and Besthorpe near Newark, or Daneshill Lakes just a few miles from our spectacular Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford?

We’ll be posting ideas and inspiration for 30 Days Wild on our Facebook pages throughout the month and if you are quick there’s still time to sign up for a free 30 Days Wild Pack at nottinghamshirewildlife.org

Don’t forget to share your wild pictures during June alongside #30DaysWild.

­— Erin McDaid

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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