Five top summer activities

It's time for a summer safari - here is a list of species to spot to keep you busy. 

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LOOK INSIDE A BEEHIVE

Your first glimpse into a honeybee colony will astound. Masses of workers, wings whirring, tend cells and larvae – some arriving, others leaving, a few dancing. Many beekeeping societies and National Trust properties have glass-walled observation hives that reveal all without the need to don a suit. 

MARVEL AT HOSTS OF AVIAN ANGELS

With outstretched wings and fanned tails, arctic terns may look like angels, but their ethereal appearance belies a feisty nature. Half the fun of seeing these birds is being mobbed (don’t aggravate them, though). The Farne Islands host one of the most accessible UK colonies. 

HUNT FOR DRAGONS AND DAMSELS

Familiarise yourself with our fiercest predators: at rest, dragonflies spread their wings; damselflies hold theirs closed behind their abdomen. Then go pond-dipping for the ferocious nymphs with their explosive hinged-jaw action. 

JOIN A NOCTURNAL HEATHLAND SAFARI

The eerie greenish light of female glow-worms and hypnotic churring song of male nightjars, or goatsuckers, are two of the strangest wildlife experiences Britain has to offer. Enjoy them both by booking onto a guided night walk on a heathland reserve in June or July. 

SCAN THE SEA FOR PASSING GIANTS

Like bees to a honeypot, basking sharks seem to be inexorably drawn to Britain’s west coast, from Devon to Scotland. Log onto www.baskingsharks.org, where the Shark Trust posts the latest sightings – July to September is peak season. 

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