Weather and Flora and Fauna

Sunday, August 6th 2023

Our flora and fauna is getting on with the 'fantastic' assortment of weather we are having.  The sun did come out this morning but the wind had a real nip to it and people were back to wearing coats!  Bees were busy collecting pollen, this one was on Knapweed.

Another was on Betony.

A 'blob' on a Silver Birch leaf turned out to be a shieldbug.  It was well camouflaged and the red colours stood out, making it appear a very strange shape!

Whilst still supposedly the height of summer the fungi are already making an appearance.  The Parasol fungi in the Stone Circle have appeared again, but this year they are massive!

The spawning seasons of both Common Frog and Common Toad did not reach their usual activity and we were concerned that there would be few young, but several young Frogs and Toads have been seen.  This young Toad was obviously searching for small insects amongst the moss.

And finally, people have noticed that the Common Lizard has appeared on the Monthly Observation Board, but it is a while since any have made it onto the blog.  In the sun this morning this one was sunbathing resting her (probably) feet and head on her tail!


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