Wildlife au­thor James Lowen

Wildlife-watch­ers and hol­i­day­mak­ers alike grav­i­tate to Bri­tain’s coast in Au­gust, says James Lowen, but there are wildlife won­ders in­land, too

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ex­plains the sort of won­der­ful wildlife you could see dur­ing the (hope­fully warm) month of Au­gust.


One of Bri­tain’s rarest bum­ble­bees, the Shrill Carder Bee, chooses an odd place to live. It typ­i­cally in­hab­its brown­field sites and coastal grass­lands along the Thames Es­tu­ary, where it vis­its this­tles, Rag­wort and Red Clover. Colonies are small, with fewer than 50 work­ers. These are well named, is­su­ing a high-pitched buzz.

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