Watching wildlife in the UK in August

A to Z of a Wildlife Garden “The sight of swallows lined up on telephone wires marks the turn of the year and signals the approach of autumn. By mid-August swifts have already left for Africa, although swallows and house martins linger a little bit longer, gathering in flocks before embarking on their long migration.”

When to Watch Wildlife – August – Excellent page which recommends the following:

  • Plants and animals in seashore rock pools
  • Limestone and chalk downland butterflies
  • Heathland reptiles
  • Dragonflies and damselflies near water
  • Moorland heather flowering
  • Bats on the wing

Summer wildlife watch “For wildlife watchers this is when insect life is most abundant and the best time to get to know moths, dragonflies, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, bugs and all our other amazing minibeasts. Summer is also a great time to get to the seashore and if you do then don’t forget to go rockpooling or investigate the strandline to see what wild treasures the tide has washed up.”

National Trust Wildlife CalendarAugust is a busy time for farmers harvesting the crops. It is also the best time to see butterflies and hear the clicking of crickets and grasshoppers in grassland meadows….On warm summer days many people will flock to the coast to play in the surf, bask on the beach or hunt for life. Rocky shores offer many great rock pooling prospects, creatures to keep an eye out for are sea anemones, starfish, crabs, shrimp and snails.

Wildlife events every August

British Birdwatching Fair Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you’re into birds and wildlife. There are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. You’ll find everything, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, eGuides to eco-holidays!

National Marine Week Usually in the first week of August “The UK’s marine environment provides a haven for some of our most fascinating wildlife, such as basking sharks, grey seals, puffins and dolphins. Each year The Wildlife Trusts celebrate the UK’s amazing sea animals and plants during National Marine Week. This is your chance to explore the seashore, discover dunes and wallow with whelks – however you don’t have to wait for National Marine Week to get out there”