Dry Drayton Nature Notes - July
Here we will build a collection of monthly nature notes for Dry Drayton. You can find here information about regular and more unusual sightings of Parish flora and fauna. Please send us your sightings to add to these pages or send your local wildlife queries to us.
John Clare, The Shepherd's Calendar 1827
Daughter of pastoral smells and sights
|Insects and Spiders||
Humming-Bird Hawkmoths have been seen in the Village in July. Many butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies on the wing.
Butterflies include: Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, The Wall, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper,
|Amphibians and Reptiles|
Swifts leave at the end of July to head South.
Blackbird, Robin, Songthrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Crow, Rook, Magpie, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Red legged partridge, are all to be seen.
Unusual Dry Drayton sightings published by the Cambridgeshire Bird Club
1/7/2009 - Black Kite 18.30 (Mike Clydesdale)
26/7/2008 - Possible Black Stork over 14.40 very distant (Ken Hook)
Muntjac deer can often be seen on the road verge between Madingley and Dry Drayton. Foxes are more often smelt than seen. Badgers are here, but a rarer sight. Squirrels and Rabbits are much in evidence.