the rest of July
anita rani visits the nene valley, northamptonshire, where a pioneering project is about to launch. ‘retail giants have been working with wildlife trusts to create a shopping destination with nature at its heart. Builders have joined up with the trusts’ sssi reserves to make one huge wetland area that wraps around the retail site,’ says Becky.
John craven learns about the rare purple emperor butterfly. ‘the beauty of this elusive creature belies its truly filthy nature,’ says Becky. ‘this butterfly doesn’t feed on flowers, but on rotten fruit, mouldy cheese, dog poo and anything that smells foul. not quite the picnic that John was expecting!’
also in July
ellie heads to scotland’s isle of May for a seabird bonanza at the peak of the breeding season, sean Fletcher discovers the importance of the humble raspberry, and anita learns the strange art of ‘dog & duck’ herding.
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