The long hot summer

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They say it’s going to be a long hot summer, and this week on Southampton Common there has been plenty of evidence of that. Everything is looking parched, and there has been a fire in the Old Cemetery: so please take care with anything that has the slightest chance of igniting.

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Heading straight to the water to cool down, on the Boating Lake the ducklings seemed to have disappeared on Monday, which was bad start to the week. However, by Tuesday they were back in sight: seven of them, being closely protected by their mother. On Friday there were still four little ones Ornamental Pond, and a third small family on the Cemetery Lake.

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DSC_0089-2But it’s really insect time of year, and the Common is buzzing with tiny things.The long grass is full of grasshoppers and ladybirds. The butterflies, moths and bees are flitting busily between nectar sources, and the dragonflies are hovering and resting near to the water.

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It would be mighty churlish to complain about the glorious weather, because we usually spend the summer whingeing about the rain, but if we could have a little bit of precipitation at night, to dampen the fire risk, and give the ducklings a bit more swimming water, that would be perfect!

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