The latest buzz about summer wildlife…

Summer is most definitely here, and if you prefer to be out and about in the countryside rather than sipping chilled Pimms in a deck chair, there  are a number of wildlife surveys you can take part in (some can even be done while sitting in a deck chair!) .

Starting on 20th July until 13th August is Butterfly Conservation’s  ‘Big Butterfly Count’.  All you need to do is count butterflies in your garden or local park for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather. There’s a helpful ID chart on their website showing some of the species you might find.

Here at Denmark Farm we have lots  of  meadow brown and ringlet butterflies in the meadows, and large skippers, red admiral and small tortoiseshell visiting the lavender and red valerian outside the office.

TL4661 : Large skipper butterfly (Ochlodes venata ) by Keith Edkins

 Large skipper*

 Another ongoing survey is the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s  ‘BeeWatch Survey‘  – don’t worry if you can’t tell one “Bombus” from another, just upload your photos to their website and an online expert will do the rest.

Earlier in the year we planted pollinator-friendly plants in several planters around our ‘Wildlife Where You Live‘ communities, and these are are all now doing their bit to attract  local wildlife:

Llangybi planter small size

WWYL planter, mosaics and carvings in Llangybi, made by local WWYL volunteers 

The BBC’s  ‘Breathing Spaces’ website lists plenty of other nature surveys you can take part in, with or without a deck chair.

Observing and recording garden and local wildlife often sparks an interest in finding out more about a particular species or family. If you’re looking to increase your knowledge, how about trying one of our courses?  Denmark Farm has a range of habitats in which to study and practice your ID skills. Here are a few of our upcoming ones:

  • Butterflies” Wednesday 24th July (10 am to 4.30 pm) with Phil Ward
  • Plant diversity” Saturday 27th to Monday 29th July (10 am to 5 pm)
  • Moths” Friday 2nd August (10 am to 4.30 pm) with Phil Ward
  • An Introduction to Bats”  Sat 10th to Mon 12th August (10 am to 5 pm) with Rebecca Brooks
  • Ferns” Friday 21st Sept (10 am to 4.30 pm) with Margaret Howells

Don’t take our word for it, here are just a couple of recent comments from guests on our recent courses:

“the atmosphere of Denmark Farm really added to the course”

“staying on site means you have more chance in the evening to learn extra – we even did some bat detecting!”

New courses are always being added to our course calendar, so check back regularly or subscribe for updates. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to study in the natural world which isn’t listed on our website, why not get in touch and let us know?

*Image copyright Keith Edkins and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.



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