Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 14/08/2017 - 16:01

Stubble Rosegill

Judging by the weather last week you might think so - it's dark by nine o'clock in the evening - but technically speaking we've got another month to go, so why is nature acting like it's autumn? More...

The moths think it's autumn - the late season species started flying a couple of weeks ago (before the weather shut most of them down temporarily last week) - but most notable has been the early flush of fungi. Of course, fungi are there all the time, in the soil as a network of fine mycelia but when conditions are right - cool and damp - the fruiting bodies appear. It you're one of the people who turned the heating on last week, you won't question the cool and damp part - but what happens next?

If the jet stream shifts again, we could get a late summer heatwave, or we could have a long warm autumn, but we still have lots to look forward to. Maybe this year we'll finally track down the Ivy Bee in VC55 - keep your eyes peeled and make the most of summer.