Painted lady butterflies migrate every summer from Africa and southern Europe to the British Isles and beyond, sometimes reaching Iceland.
As Andrea Leadsom's new brief includes support to farmers, currently delivered through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), wildlife should perhaps be worried.
Garden lawns, which can be turned into mini-meadows, are now under threat from artificial grass.
Suburbia, with its large gardens and quiet corners, seems to be good habitat for the Muntjac deer.
The Birmingham and Black Country's Nature Improvement Area Partnership, led by the Wildlife Trust, has created 40 meadows in the conurbation.
The Wildlife Trusts are repeating last year's successful 30 Days Wild campaign in which thousands of people took part.
More than half of the species monitored in the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme in 2015 declined, partly as a result of the very dry spring and cold and wet summer.
Migratory species generally move south in the autumn and north in the spring. Their journeys take them across many countries, one of the smallest of which presents a great danger.
Richard Saxton recommends two noteworthy English wines that would be perfect for celebrating the Queen's birthday and St George's Day
Everyone as individuals can do much to help nature conservation, especially in respect of our local wildlife.
This year nearly 520,000 people have recorded over eight and a quarter million birds in their gardens.
The EU has developed policies and action for the environment and wildlife based on sound science, strategic thinking, and stability free of the short-term election cycles of member countries.
Looking at WMCA’s early public statements it is difficult to see where nature fits in with its plans.
Colt's-foot brightens our neighbourhoods when little else is in flower, it feeds insects and was once a freely available medicine. Nothing in nature is insignificant.
The Government has recently announced the designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones meaning that 20% of England's seas, about 8,000 square miles is theoretically protected.
There has been no respite and flooding continues in many places, neither the water, the Government nor the weather seems to be moving on.
Looking back over 2015 it is easy to find the bad news for nature, finding the good news not so.
Richard Saxton samples a Bolney Bubbly NV, a tremendously fun wine where the elderflower notes leap out of the glass.
The floods are no surprise, scientists have been predicting such events for a generation because of global warming.
Birmingham is one of eight cities where landscapes will be improved by planting wildflowers to attract and support bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other important insects.