First month of summer is here! Bumblebees are busy collecting pollen from a variety of flowers and you will be able to see lots of them if you have their favourite food in your garden, such as the Foxglove. There is so much to see at this time of year and our June I-Spy gives you just a “snap shot” of Medway’s wonderful wildlife!

It is a hard and short life for these useful insects, that work restlessly for the sake of their hive.

Our birds are now well into the breeding season and will be very busy for the rest of the Spring and Summer raising young.

You can find out a lot more about our birds from the RSPB website.

Coast, marshes and lakes

It is well worth visiting the Country Park at Riverside or the lake at Capstone to watch the antics of the birds but you should also be able to see a wealth of butterflies and even the occasional dragonfly or damselfly.

Hills and woodland

Our woods are now full of colour and there are plenty of insects for the birds to feed on.

The stories of our woodland are many and varied. Many of the big fallen trees that you come across came down in the 1987 storm.

The woodland flowers have just about finished flowering as the leaves on the trees come out and block the light to the woodland floor. Now they will set their seeds for next year.

Gardens and greenspaces

These are now reaching their best and the butterflies are out in force. Every the less flamboyant ones are very beautiful when seen close up.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the antics of our favourite water birds!!

Click on an image below to open a full size slide show:

If you are able to visit the coastline as part of your local exercise, please check out the Bird Wise North Kent website for more information on our coastal birds.

Don’t forget to let us know what you see and help us record the biodiversity of Medway!

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