The nesting red kites and busy stoats were blessed with blue skies and warm sun yesterday at the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate.
The conservation charity’s Cotswold estate, near Cheltenham, is the site of this year’s BBC Springwatch – which has just come to the end of its first week at the 4,000 acre Sherborne Park Estate.
With warm weather and sunny spells forecast, the Trust’s nature experts predict that this weekend will offer nature-lovers some brilliant sights in the countryside.
Matthew Oates, National Trust nature specialist, said: “This weekend’s going to be really exciting, as the early summer butterflies are all starting to appear. You could see rarities like Large Blue, Black Hairstreak, Heath Fritillary, and commonalities like Meadow Brown, and probably Marbled White too – all rather early.
“Look out for a lot of other June insects, like the Burnet moths and various robberflies and hoverflies. However, the spring species, like the Orange Tip, are ending or ended.
“June’s flowers are prominent – Elder and dog roses in hedges and along road verges, Common Spotted, Fragrant and Pyramidal Orchids. And everywhere the tree foliage is darkening.”