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Dry Drayton Nature Notes - June


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.


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


John Clare, The Shepherd's Calendar 1827

Now summer is in flower and natures hum
Is never silent round her sultry bloom
Insects as small as dust are never done
Wi' glittering dance and reeling in the sun


Flora Much in in bloom this month
Insects and Spiders

Damselflies and some Dragonflies on the wing as well as many species of butterflies. Butterflies include: Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, The Wall, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Large Skipper.

Hedges and trees may be draped with the large silky communal webs of the Ermine Moth containing many caterpillars.

Amphibians and Reptiles Newts and frogs commonly seen in ponds, wet spots and gardens

Lots of fledgling birds about this month including Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Starling, Blue Tit and Great Tit.


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.


Summer visitors - Swifts, Swallows and Martins circling above. See this page for an item on Swifts in Dry Drayton.


Unusual Dry Drayton sightings published by the Cambridgeshire Bird Club

30/6/2008 - Barn Owl, Little Owl, South of Church at 21.40 (Ken and Maggie Hook)

26/6/2008 - Red Kite over 16.25 (Ken Hook)


Reported in the July 2010 Newsletter by Dr and Mrs David V Alford

21 June One red kite high, circling in the south 12.00-15.00

22 June 2010 a pair, relatively low and on 24 June one bird gliding south to north 12.00-15.00.


Muntjac deer can often be seen on the road verge between Madingley and Dry Drayton. In June 2005 one was eating lettuces in a garden in Pettitts Lane! In June 2018 almost all corn on the cob growing on the village allotments was eaten by Muntjac

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