SEPTEM­BER

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

EYE-SEARINGLY BRIGHT AND A BUN­DLE OF EN­ERGY, THE SEC­OND BROOD OF SMALL TORTOISESHELL IS ON THE WING PLANT AU­TUMN LADY’S-TRESSES As­sum­ing 2016 is not a Ghost Or­chid year (we live in hope), sum­mer’s fi­nal or­chid flour­ish sees del­i­cate ivory flow­ers twirl de­murely around a grey­ish-green may­pole of a stem. This or­chid, barely the length of a fin­ger, thrives on short, dry turf such as chalk down­land. One of Bri­tain’s largest pop­u­la­tions forms a botan­i­cal peace camp on Green­ham Com­mon, sym­bolic home­land of the strug­gle against nu­clear war­fare. Flower power?

ROESEL’S BUSH-CRICKET Un­til the 1980s, Roesel’s Bush-cricket was a lo­calised crea­ture in Bri­tain, largely con­fined to ex­treme south-east Eng­land. In re­cent decades, it has ex­panded its range north­wards and west­wards. Nowa­days, its high-pitched buzzing stridu­la­tions (‘call’) are a com­mon sound on grass­land walks in south­ern, cen­tral and east­ern Eng­land.

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