Nature Notes August 2018

Total monthly rainfall was 65.5 mm with a maximum daily rainfall of 14 mm on August 10. Rain fell on 11 days during the month, and there were 15 days with 100% cloud cover. Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 31°C (3rd August). Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 17°C on the 26th. Temperatures exceeded 27°C for the first 7 days of the month. Strong gusts of wind on the 10th brought down twigs and clusters of green leaves, together with some dead branches in the wood.

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KFC meeting at Kingsborough Wood, Sheppey

A small group came out for this site in Sheppey on 24th June. It is a planted woodland and amenity land adjacent to a housing estate. The large pond was nearly dry due to the heatwave, but provided an interesting location to observe courtship behaviour of some long-legged flies. Beyond the trees, the site changes into scrubland and some patches of meadow, in which we spotted a few orchids, various bumblebee species and numerous Cinnabar moths!

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