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Dry Drayton Nature Notes - August


Here we will build a collection of monthly nature notes for Dry Drayton. At the moment the page has minimal information - it will build. You will 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.


Dry Drayton Nature Notes for: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


John Clare, The Shepherd's Calendar 1827

Harvest approaches with its bustling day
The wheat tans brown and barley bleaches grey
In yellow garb the oat land intervenes
And tawney glooms the valley thronged with beans


Insects and Spiders

Butterflies to be seen this month include: Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Clouded Yellow, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, The Wall, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper.

Amphibians and Reptiles  

Look out for the tiny Goldcrest, known to nest along Victoria Passage in the past (Annie Harley).

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.


This amazing shot of a Sparrowhawk was taken on 2nd August 2014 by Mo Johnston - she heard a bang on the window and looking out found carnage on her lawn.

Sparrowhawk devouring prey


On 1 August 2012 a late sighting of a Cuckoo was recorded in Dry Drayton (Cambridge Bird Club annual report 2012)


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. A small number of black mutations of the grey squirrel can be seen in the village.


Dry Drayton Nature Notes for: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


Species Lists for Dry Drayton: Flowering plants and ferns | Fungi | Insects and spiders | Amphibians and reptiles | Birds | Mammals


Nature Notes on: The Dry Drayton Environment and Change | Flora | Insects and spiders | Amphibians and reptiles | Birds | Mammals