The 2017 midge season is well into the first generation, with the past 4-5 weeks seeing record numbers of midges across much of the western half of Scotland. Warm, showery weather has encouraged both their emergence and survival, giving us a large population of blood-thirsty female midges, whose eggs will hatch to give a second generation of midges in early-mid July. With the season kicking off slightly earlier than is normal, we are all set for a bumper midge season and we may possibly even fit in a third generation if similar weather patterns are seen over the next couple of months. It’s too early to tell just now but our midge monitoring traps and weather station will keep an eye on proceedings.