The glorious end to summer is probably little compensation for what preceded it - particularly in July and August. Fortunately, most of the resident birds seem to have had a successful breeding season before the deluge arrived, although it may eventually turn out that survival rates for young birds have been poor.
Certainly it has been a poor late summer for butterflies, with second generation Vanessids seemingly thin on the ground. How many Red Admirals have you had on your Buddleia? I suppose there is time yet.
Maybe our mycological members will enjoy a 'fruitful' autumn, if a dry, warm September following a wet summer produces the correct conditions for fungal activity. Only time will tell.
Winter visitors such as Fieldfare, Redwing and Brambling should stay around this year judging by the fruit and nut crop in the countryside - fingers crossed! As you will see from the garden bird survey analysis in this newsletter, it was more or less a blank year for these species last winter.
It's also the start of a new season of evening meetings for the Society, and is traditionally, therefore a time to appeal - for records, for articles for the newsletters and for new committee members. The latter is most important as there are now several vacancies, and the committee is as a result, becoming increasingly over-stretched. If you are not able to join the committee, perhaps you would, nevertheless, be able to offer some kind of assistance at indoor meetings. Please let us know - don't be shy!