Today is St Swithin’s (or Swithun’s day) and by tradition the weather today will stick with us for the next 40 days. At the moment the sun is shining here in east Northants – I wonder!
Whatever the weather, in 40 days the swifts will be largely departed and wader passage will be well underway. I wonder whether it’ll be a great time for brown hairstreaks and silver-spotted skippers?
Back in Winchester in 850, the Bishop, St Swithin, would have been able to hear and see wolves in the Hampshire countryside, and might just have been able to encounter a brown bear, although lynx had probably departed several centuries earlier.