With Britain half-baked as a result of the recent heatwave, there has never been a better time to hunker down in a shady spot, surround yourself with nature, and flick through the latest edition of New Nature – the youth nature magazine.
July is an exciting month in the naturalist’s calendar: butterflies and dragonflies are at their peak, moths are abundant, fledged birds comb the countryside in rowdy flocks and the countryside stands awash with colour as a result of countless blooming wildflowers. It is a diverse month, busy and exciting, reflected perfectly in the pages of this most recent magazine.
From evocative nature writing centred on bumblebees, black darters and summer orchids, to readers' images showcasing the best of British nature; wildlife, in all forms, is well-represented in this issue. On page 7, Elliot Dowding takes readers through an in-depth account of What to Watch for in July, and in a special feature this month, Jo Cutler extols the virtues of our nation's underappreciated Hymenoptera. They are articles which compliment nicely our regular columnist, Sophie-May Lewis’, latest Sussex Field Notes column: this time looking at the best of our summer wildflowers.
Of course, we are not limited to traditional nature writing in this issue, and those with a more far-reaching interest may appreciate Holly Peek’s guide to orca watching in the UK (page 20) or Jack Wright’s Wildlife Mythbusters (page 18). Those interested in conservation may also wish to read Liam Whitmore’s intriguing piece on the future of our beloved red squirrels (Page 28).
The team at New Nature are delighted this month to announce broadcaster Michaela Strachan as our guest interviewee. Look out for Alice Johnson’s interview on page 30 where the pair discuss wildlife shows, career advice and the phenomenon that is BBC Springwatch.
I hope you enjoy the latest offering from the New Nature team. The latest issue can be downloaded here: http:bit.ly/2J58YX8
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James Common is the Managing Director of New Nature Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @CommonByNature.