It's been a very unsettled month so far; sun, rain, winds, humid air and sometimes a chill that feels distinctly like Autumn. Over the fields the fungi have started to pop up in profusion, there's edible field mushrooms to be picked already and many different species of toadstool climbing up through the dewy grass, looks like it's going to be a good autumn for them.
There are large flocks of martins this August too, both house and sand variety. On the brook and the river and the adjoining fields they are as numerous as clouds of flies, a fantastic breeding year for them, and as always happens, good for their predators too. Saw a hobby swooping in among a flock a couple of days ago , martins are their favourite food, which caused widespread panic and screeching.
The Ash trees are bowed over with large amounts of keys, and it looks like there's going to be a bumper crop of acorns too-plenty of food to sustain wildlife over the winter.