With the best of the weather, summer is a fine time to explore our county’s superb wildlife. Along the coast tern and gull colonies are clamorous in early summer. With them are nesting oystercatchers and ringed plovers and, nearby on the wet sand, common seals are pupping. Inland, in reedbeds, dykes and fens at Broadland sites like Upton Broad, Hickling Broad and Barton Broad, early summer is the time for watching the first flush of dragonflies. Wherever the hawker is found there will also most likely be swallowtails on the wing. Later in summer, silver-studded blue butterflies are on the wing at a few heathland sites.