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Beyond June – Stay Wild All Summer

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Posted: Thursday 29th June 2017 by WildBlog

June has to be one of our favourite months, ushering in summer with the promise of sunny days filled with wildlife and nature. Luscious green leaves decorate the trees, colourful wildflowers garland the hedgerows and the noisy pleadings of fledgling birds fill our days. The long days and short nights of June make the outdoors ever more accessible and offer an ideal opportunity for us to get out there and top up on our health and wellbeing.

It’s no surprise then that here at Avon Wildlife Trust, June is the month we encourage nature lovers to get outside and explore the natural world around them as part of our inspiring #30DaysWild challenge. Thousands of people across the region have been indulging in a “Random Act of Wildness”, bringing a little bit of nature into every day of their month.

However, nature and its benefits don’t disappear at the end of June’s 30 days. Far from it in fact, as in many respects things actually get better as the year progresses into the full bloom of summer.

With schools breaking up for summer and the promise of countryside holidays and casual walks, there’s a whole range of things around to help you stay wild into summer and autumn.

Many of our native species of butterfly don’t emerge and become active until the summer months with common meadow species such as the Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and the Marbled White (pictured opposite) often around in huge numbers on many of our nature reserves including Middle Hill Common in the Gordano Valley, and Bennetts Patch and Whites Paddock on the Portway near Bristol.

If you want the chance to see something a little less common then the Wall Browns and Chalkhill Blues will be active on warm sunny days and may just display for you at our wonderful coastal reserve at Walborough on the Severn estuary near Weston-Super- Mare.

Many of our grassland wildflowers are at their best into July and August acting as a critical nectar source for many insects including hoverflies, bumble bees and butterflies. The insects in turn act as pollinators to ensure the continued success of our native wildflowers. Reserves such as Walton Common and Dolebury Warren are often abuzz at this time of year.

With the long days come shorter nights and this makes it increasingly likely that we can encounter nocturnal creatures on twilight rambles. Bats are often active in the shadowy light around dusk, particularly along hedgerows and sheltered lanes where insects abound. Foxes, badgers and deer venture out before the full curtain of darkness has descended and nature reserves such as Browne’s Folly near Bath and Folly Farm in the Chew valley can be great places for a pre-nocturnal stroll with a torch for comfort.

Whatever you do to keep your connection with nature alive as the year progresses, you’ll be topping up your sense of wellbeing and perhaps discovering new and interesting challenges along the way. The message is Stay Wild this summer!

Keep in touch with opportunities to connect with nature through our events, guided walks and other activities this summer.

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