July wildlife watch
As the end of July approaches and we still have the warm weather with us, we can see all sorts of wildlife in and around us.
On a hot summer day fill up your bird bath
with fresh cool water and watch as your garden birds descend upon it for a bath and drink, you should see a variety of birds and certainly some seed eaters such as House Sparrows, Greenfinches and Goldfinches, as these birds need to drink at least twice a day due to their dry diet. Don't forget a lot of birds are still breeding and they need as much energy and food
as they can get to keep up with the feeding of the young and then showing the fledglings where to find food once they venture out of the nest.
July is the month for watching butterflies too, as well as moths, with several species at the peak of numbers and visibility. Including Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and rarities such as the magnificent Purple Emperor, found high in the canopy of Oak woodlands in the south of England. Other butterflies to watch for are The Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow, but these are rarer to see nowadays.
If you get to the coast you can watch for some of the marine animals in July such as the Killer Whale (most commonly seen of the coast of Orkney) - basking Sharks off the coast of Devon, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. With sea bird activity at it's height in July you can see a variety of sea birds of the coast, feeding their young before heading out to sea for the winter.
Take a walk along a river bank, in July you will see a variety of wild flowers, keep a look out for water mint, Ragged Robin, Yellow Flags in boggy area alongside the stream or river and of course you should see water Crowfoot carpeting the surface of the water.
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Ensure your garden visitors have plenty of water to drink and bathe
- Feed your garden birds with high energy food mixes from British Bird Food[/caption]