country diary


painted ladyFarmers are gathering in the last of the harvest - September weather can be pretty variable, from glorious blue skies to towering clouds.


Birds feast on grain in the harvested fields and berries along the hedgerows. Gulls are seen coming inland to follow the plough as fields are cultivated, although many farmers now leave the straw stubble over the winter, helping the skylarks and other birds.


Swallows are beginning to meet up in larger groups, and as the weather grows cooler towards the end of the month and into October they will be preparing to leave.


On dry, warm days there are butterflies are enjoying the last of the blossom in gardens and hedgerows, taking every opportunity to spread their wings in the sunshine. Look for all the different species that are seen in the UK, in this area we see Gatekeeper, Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Marbled White, Wall Brown and Meadow Brown.


This is an important time for bees and other insects that feed on flowers in the hedgerows and gardens, and then the fruit and seed will provide food for the birds and small mammals!



small tortoiseshell

Red Admiral butterfly



left: small tortoiseshell,
red admiral.
above: hay-making.












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