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.

The late arrival of spring caused difficulties for some species such as owls, frogs and mammals coming out of hibernation, but the National Trust observed that many birds and animals recovered well once summer was underway.

“The way our butterflies and other sun-loving insects bounced back in July was utterly amazing, showing nature’s powers of recovery at their best,” said Matthew Oates, the Trust’s specialist on nature and wildlife.

He added: “Importantly, we have seen more winners than losers in our wildlife year, which is a tremendous result, considering where we were last year.”

‘Winners’ in 2013 included the tree bumblebee, which continued to spread across the UK. You can help track the tree bumblebee’s progress in 2014 with our Species Quest.