With the arrival of summer weather, we are seeing a significant increase in invertebrate activity in the cutting. This is most noticeable for butterflies and dragonflies
It’s a great time to come out with children and practice your identification skills. There is an opportunity to feedback your sightings via the Big Butterfly count. The survey is open now and runs until the 11th August. Pick a time when it is sunny and warm and take the time to look over the flowering grasslands from the main path. There can also be activity with the likes of Silver-washed fritillary coming down from the tree canopy to feed on bramble flowers
Many of the flowering plants are very attractive when viewed close up. It is also a good opportunity to see the variety of invertebrates that are feeding on them
The picture gallery will give you a small taste of what to see. How many different species of flower and invertebrate can you find?