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Birdwatchers often regard August as a rather dull month, with less to see than at other times of the year but if you look around there is quite a lot of interest about. Although most birds have ceased to sing and swifts and many sandmartins have left for Sub-Saharan Africa, some of them from further north continue to pass through. On estuaries like the Solway, waders began to appear about the middle of July; through August and September numbers will continue to rise.


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the flora in the meadows and arable fields. What made this day even more pleasant, was the number of butterflies which were spotted. Needless to say, there were plenty of white, large, small and green-veined but also many small copper, some tortoiseshells, peacocks, red admirals and a couple of painted ladies. In the last few days, I have also seen a couple of comma butterflies. So, I think there is plenty to see at this time of year.


During the first week of August, Marjorie and I found flocks of redshank and dunlin at Port Carlisle and at Anthorn, there were more dunlin and flocks of golden plover and lapwing. Several nearby sites had somewhat larger flocks of oystercatcher. We also saw one or two knot and bar-tailed godwits. It is worth checking these flocks carefully because less common waders can crop up among them and I have heard reports already of greenshank, little stint, curlew sandpiper and wood sand piper in the area. Over the coming weeks, these flocks will build to number in the thousands; as outside the breeding season the Solway is visited by the third largest numbers of waders in Britain. Only the Wash and Morecambe Bay hold more. Some of the birds will just be stopping off to refuel before travelling further south, others will stay until spring. Either way, these estuaries are of critical importance to many species and all because of the volume of invertebrate life that the estuarine mud contains.


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August is also a time when there are many insects to observe. Dragonflies are on the wing, especially on sunny days. Southern Hawkers, one of the largest, can be seen patrolling the lonnings at RSPB Campfield. A few years ago, these were rare visitors there but have now become one of the most common and easily seen; probably yet another sign of global warming. At the beginning of August, Marjorie and I did our usual monthly bumble bee survey at Campfield. The day was warm and fairly still; we counted more bumble bees on our transect than in any month since we started these counts 7 years ago. This is probably due to the weather on the day but also to the increasing richness of


The RSPB West Cumbria Group are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 25th August in the URC Hall Main Street Cockermouth, from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. There will be stalls with books, cakes and RSPB goods, as well as RSPB pin badges, including new ones and information about birds.


At Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve, there will be another Discovery Day on Sunday 2nd September, with stalls and activities for children. A chance to find out more about this very special reserve.


The RSPB West Cumbria Group’s next indoor meeting will be on 4th September, when Sally Phillips of the Cumbria Bat Group will give an illustrated talk on Bats in Cumbria.


All welcome to these events. More info from www.rspb.org.uk/groups/westcumbria or from Group Leader Dave Smith on 01900 85347, or Marjorie and Neil on 01900 825231.


Neil Hutchin ISSUE 428 | 23 AUGUST 2018 | 32


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