Insects 'bounced back' in 2013's hot summer

2013’s hot summer gave wildlife a much-needed boost, National Trust specialists have revealed.

After six consecutive years of poor summers, the sunshine of July and August helped many species – particularly insects such as butterflies, bees and grasshoppers – to flourish.

Many plants and grasses also had a successful year and there was “an explosion of nuts, berries and seeds” later in the year.


Pupils 'Go Wild' at science and nature day

More than 130 youngsters from across Devon and Cornwall explored the world of science and nature at an event held by OPAL South West and Plymouth University.

Schools Go Wild gave children from local primary, secondary and special schools the chance to examine tropical bugs in a university laboratory, make a cloud in a bottle as part of the OPAL Weather Roadshow, and go spider hunting in the old walls around the campus.


Catch the OPAL Weather Roadshow

Explore the exciting science of climate and weather at an OPAL Weather Roadshow.

Record your own live weather forecast, take part in weather experiments, observe a professional weather station, and marvel at a tornado generator.

There are lots of activities and demonstrations to suit all ages and you’ll also be able to pick the brains of professional meteorologists and OPAL scientists.



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