The season definitely has a feel of change in the air. Since the Summer Solstice the days have become imperceptibly shorter and the nights a little cooler. The gloom is alive with bats and moths. My uncontrollable Virginia Creeper is adrift in their soft white presences floating in the gloom.
I have decided I am in love with Moths as they are so overlooked by most of us and have so much beauty to share.
Starting next January the "Wilder-Ness" project will introduce regular bird surveys throughout the gardens to discover how large the species collection living here is.
It is now the season for looking rather than listening as colour takes charge. Butterflies are bigger and brighter as are the wildflowers. Tall purple spikes of Giant Thistle, Knapweed, Rosebay Willowherb and Loosestrife are towering in the long grasses and hedgerows.
July is also one of the best months for hunting out wildflowers as the early ones are now nodding heads with the bigger brash ones such as Carrot, Lady's Bedstraw, and Bugle. Many insects are very fussy about what they like and can be totally species specific.
This time of the year July/August is the best time for spotting varieties of butterflies. More wildflowers, means many more butterflies, bees and insects. With the planting and encouragement of wild areas at Ness we have been rewarded with a wonderful show this year.
There is no need to go looking as clouds of them will dance before you in the sunshine. Folded identification charts published by NHBS originally purchased for the 'Bioblitz' event are now available in the bookshop.
These proved very popular as they are easier to handle that a book.