Taking a stroll around the buddlia loop this morning it was enouraging to hear Reed and Cettis Warblers. However I am more concerned about the insect and plant life. Althiough the buddlia are in bloom I only saw 6 bees and no butterflies.. In fact this has been the norm for the past month. If the flowers and other plant life are not being pollinated it bodes ill for the furure not just for the reserve but the whole country.
I've been worried about a similar scarcity of insects in my area , particularly butterflies and Dragonflies seem very late appearing. No doubt the wet weather is having a serious effect but I have noticed that even a couple of hours of sunshine brings a flurry of activity in some species so perhaps it's not quite as bad as we fear.
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