sees the emergence of all sorts of insects, fuelled by midsummer flowers such as black knapweed and thistles. Go to wetland nature reserves like Woodham Fen, Sawbridgeworth Marsh, Rushy Mead or Roman River Valley to see dragonflies. Visit Hitchcocks Meadows or Stow Maries Halt nature reserves to see glow-worms.
You can make your garden more attractive to insects by planting nectar-rich flowers such as candytuft, echium or verbena. If you put in some night-scented plants, go out after dark with a torch to see which moths are visiting the flowers. Some moths fly by day: look out for cinnabar moths and for their orange-and-black caterpillars on ragwort plants.
Songbirds are much quieter now that the main business of raising a family is over. Tits and finches search for food in small flocks known as feeding parties, and this is a time when goldfinches often visit gardens looking for seeds.