Wildlife this month - August
This month will see the development of the wild fruits essential to many species in autumn and popular with humans too. Look out for ripening blackberries, elderberries, haws, sloes and hips – all of which are edible.
In chalk and limestone grassland areas the flowering continues with lady’s bedstraw, scabious, harebells, marjoram and others providing plenty of colour.
Grasshoppers and crickets are at their most active and will be busy ‘calling’ in the long grass to pronounce their territories.
August is another good month for butterflies. There are good numbers of meadow brown butterflies to be seen but also look out for the ringlet, distinguished by the white border to its wings and small ‘eye spots’ on its hind wings and undersides of both wings.
The woodlands are relatively quiet at this time of year with few birds now singing.
The trees bear ripening seeds and few plants flower in the deep shade they cast. Some of the less common orchids do survive in this environment and the scarce violet helleborine, green-flowered helleborine and narrow-lipped helleborine will all be flowering this month along with the more frequently encountered broad-leaved helleborine.