I'm currently doing regular butterfly surveys at Lauriston Farm Agroecology Project. The aim being to find out how the rewilding aspects of the project are helping improve biodiversity in the fields. To produce the best results, butterfly surveys are best done in warm, sunny weather. At least today was dry and relatively warm, but it wasn't raining, as it has done many days during the last month or so. (Some people claim that this means the UK isn't experiencing climate change, but we are! We had a severely hot and dry June and many places across the world at the moment are experiencing severe heatwaves, and forest fires caused (or certainly made worse) by these heatwaves.)
The vegetation all around me was wet from recent rain and this, combined with the dull weather, meant that I didn't see many butterflies. However, there were lots of birds around! A flock of over 50 Goldfinches and at least one Linnet were feeding in the thistles, while over 20 Swifts with several Swallows and House Martins were feeding on aerial insects.
And everything looked lovely decorated with the recent rain, including these sweet peas at the edge of one of the growing areas:
and these cornflowers in the 'Unexpected Garden' area of the project