Wildlife to watch in July
A tall, native perennial with hairy stems, the flower is a dainty lilac-blue bloom on the end of a long stem. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies and insects. The plant prefers drier soils and sunshine, so look out for them in open grassland rather than on the edge of woodlands or shady spots.
Field Scabious has a rough and hairy stem, similar in texture to scabby skin. This association probably led to it being used as a herb to treat scabies, mange and itches - the "scabiosa herba". The word scabies comes from the Latin word for "scratch" (scabere).They are very gregarious birds, flocking together in small parties to feed on the berries of shrubs such as dog rose, guilder rose, holly, hawthorn and rowan. Waxwings will also venture into parks and gardens when food in the countryside becomes scares. They have been seen locally this winter.
Also look out for
Despite the name, a Glow worm is actually a beetle. Males do resemble a beetle, while the females look more like the larvae. They are most often seen in the larval stage as the adults are only around between June and July. The “glow” part of the name is relevant, for females at least, as they emit a bright orangey-green light to attract males.
Glow worms can be found in a range of habitats in the UK including woodland and grassland, but studies have shown that their numbers have decreased.
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