Watching wildlife in the UK in June

A to Z of a Wildlife Garden “Most garden birds, even the seed-eating finches, tend to feed their young on insects at this time of year. You may notice birds taking caterpillars or insect larvae off to the nest, before returning to boost their own energy levels from the bird table or feeder. In hot weather, avoid putting out dry food such as stale bread, as this can hasten dehydration. Always chop nuts or use a feeder, as whole nuts can choke baby birds.”

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

  • Birds nesting, especially sea cliffs
  • Song birds still singing – ‘the dawn chorus’
  • Butterflies and dragonflies
  • Bats on the wing
  • Meadow flowers, including orchids
  • Chalk and Limestone grasslands in flower
  • Swifts, swallows and house martins chasing insects

National Trust Wildlife CalendarJune is mating season for pine martens, extremely rare mammals and a member of the weasel family. They normally reside in well-wooded areas and make their dens in hollow trees or scrub-covered fields. They are mainly active at night and dusk and feed on small mammals, birds, insects and frogs. “

Wildlife and wilderness tours

  • Dry season begins for game viewing, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
  • Victoria Falls in full flow, Livingstone, Zambia.
  • Humpback whales and icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.