Coming home, I meet someone whose wildlife coup was watching an adder ' this big' he says, eyes wide in wonder. And he has the video to prove it. The weather has been perfect and there have been sightings on Scout Scar. In time, there will be reports on the impact of summer 2018 on butterflies, on wildlife as we try to put our experience into perspective.
A couple of days later there's cloud cover and the air is cooler, and for a moment, a mere moment, the finest rain. Bees nectar on scabious and as I walk micro-moths rise from the grasses. A flock of starlings in ash trees. I can find no trace of those beautiful butterflies.
Footnote: Butterfly versus spider, the next blog, is a part of this same morning at the same spot.
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