Wildlife

This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

Butterflies

Stunning eye spots on the Peacock butterfly whilst feeding on Buddleia.

Beautiful butterflies are filling our gardens and countryside for another year.

Red admirals, peacocks and painted ladies are just a few of our favourites, you can use our spotter sheets below to see which ones you have seen.

We'd love you to share your butterfly photos with us.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are often spotted flying near to water.

They come in so many shapes and sizes from the short, flat broad bodied chaser to the large southern hawker, large red damsel fly to the smaller common blue.

How many different types can you spot this summer?

Wild flowers

If you find some daisies in the garden you can make a beautiful necklace

Meadows, parklands and countryside places are adorned with the bright colours of wild flowers.

Poppies, orchids, birds foot trefoil and hogweed are just a few that we regularly see.

And we mustn't forget the daisy for all those handmade chains, number 16 of your 50 things to do before you're 11¾.

Wildlife spotters

Catch a butterfuly at Acorn Bank Garden

You can become a wildlife expert this summer with these free spotter sheets, what will you find when you're out and about?

50 things

Will you complete more of your wildlife 50 things challenges this summer?

  • Climb a tree
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Discover what's in a pond
  • Start plant it, grow it, eat it

#ntsummerfun

 What wildlife will you spot this spring?

As you venture out and about this summer don't forget to send us your photos.

We love summer colour and wildlife, it would be great to see what you've been spotting on your visits.