Birds but no butterflies……

Another cool week has passed and no prospect of anything much warmer ahead.  This doesn’t bode well for the butterflies that are being filmed here next week for the new Alan Titchmarsh gardening programme – I hope the film crew have some flexibility in their schedule!!  Generally by the middle of June I can expect to see plenty of meadow browns over the long grass in the meadows and the orchard, but at the moment we have no butterflies but plenty of other insects. The Big Meadow though is looking wonderful!  This year has seen a huge increase in the yellow rattle, producing a haze of gold interspersed with the pink of the common spotted orchids.  The knapweed has yet to come into flower but looks like this will be the best year yet!

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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