Wildlife watching in June
With the longest day of the year just gone by, now is a great time of year to watch wild birds and wildlife in and around your countryside. Daylight hours at about 19 hours you should be able to pick a time of day to get out there and watch your favorite species of bird or animal. At 4am the dawn chorus starts in earnest and at 10pm bats are very active around the house roofs with lots in between.
June is the height of the breeding season for our wild birds and that includes sea birds, so a trip to the coast is a must in June, there are many places to watch sea bird colonies around our coastline, find your nearest nature reserve or place to watch from the cliffs. Most of the larger sea birds like Gannets, Shags and Cormorants breed on the off shore islands but many breed on cliffs as well. The time of day is less crucial with these birds, head off in the morning as early as you like and see what is about when you get there, but most sea birds are active throughout the day. Binoculars are essential kit on these trips, but you will also need a guide book, camera and weather proof clothing and stout walking boots.
June is a great month for getting to see your local bats, find your nearest bat group or wildlife trust and enquire about the evening walks, which are usually held from April to September. To find bats you need to be out late evening just before dusk on a calm dry evening, this is best for the bats to find food, wrap up warm and take a folding chair, your garden or park is a good place to see Pipistrelle bats and you may find Daubenton's bats feeding over water such as lakes or pools, they swoop over the surface and feed on insects from the water. You will need a torch, you can get very large candle capacity beams now, and they are ideal for spotting bats in the air, binoculars may be useful depending on light levels and if you can get hold of a night vision camera or glasses then they will give you an advantage too.
You can select from our large range of bat boxes and install one in your garage or house eves, on the trees in your garden, a bat box or bat colony box
is a super way to encourage bats in to your garden and help them survive. Remember, bats area protected species and you are not allowed to touch them in their nests.
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Help protect bats with a colony nest box[/caption]