Following on from a bountiful May, this month produced a floristic explosion on the sand-
Despite only about half the average rainfall during the month, marsh-
Marsh Helleborines were also abundant in the slacks, flowering two weeks earlier than usual. Drifts of this species at the Devil’s Hole were enjoyed by 27 guided walkers on 22nd, while Grass-
However, the dry weather did not help our Natterjack Toads, many of their breeding sites drying up prematurely. An exception was the two new scrapes at Hightown where rescued tadpoles produced enormous numbers of yellow-
In the first half of the month, Ainsdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve was graced by thousands of White Satin Moths, one of the great annual spectacles of the Sefton Coast. It was fascinating to watch the males actively searching for and mating with the freshly emerging females, these sending out an attracting chemical pheromone even before their wings have fully expanded.
Dragonflies are a particular attraction at this time of year, so Trevor Davenport and I visited Martin Mere on 13th to check out some newly-
One of our many surveys included a study of the of the former Hope School playing field at Ainsdale. Patricia Lockwood and I recorded an exceptional total of 135 species of flowering plants on the 18-