By July the countryside has taken on a rich uniform green, punctuated with contrasting golden squares, where the hay and silage has been cut, or the barley is ripening. The air has a scent of cut grass and frizzes with insects. Summer relaxes.
This month look out for:
- Butterflies and dragonflies
- Goldfinches and blackbirds
- Swifts, swallows and house martins chasing insects
The hedgerows are full and plump with nettles, the tall upright hedge parsley, burdock, cleavers, creeping thistle, meadow crane’s-bill, and grasses setting seed. Where the verges have escaped being cut false-oat grass and cocksfoot are the most dominant grasses. As the buddleia comes into flower it attracts many insects such as bumble bees, and cabbage white, small tortoiseshell, red admiral and peacock butterflies. Hedgehogs can be found snuffling around in many gardens.