The summer solstice in June 2017 was probably the hottest on record. The grass turned brown before our eyes and butterflies were a bit elusive. However there was no wind, which made recording outdoors much easier than usual.
This podcast mostly features Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, but also Brampton Wood in Cambridgeshire. Only days after this was recorded the temperature dropped a little and we had some thundery showers, then some new butterflies appeared, including a migratory painted lady and chalk-loving marbled whites.