Maybe this should be in the "Bugs" thread? Anyway... This year I got badly bitten on a campsite in Borrowdale and only strong winds saved us when we camped up at Styhead as there were loads about in the late afternoon. I can never remember seeing midges in the Lakes. Even last year I camped in Ennerdale near the river and at Buttermere in August, not a single one. Chatting to people around Borrowdale, people seemed to think they are getting worse, ie more widespread, and that it's down to climate change. I wasn't sure about the explanation after all they are notoriously bad in places with severe winters such as Scotland and northern Scandanavia so I was sceptical that warming would result in more of them. However, I've done some initial internet research and there does seem to be some link to global warning as after all midges thrive in warm, moist conditions and spread into places adjacent to areas with existing populations when the conditions are right for them. We are getting more of this kind of weather so will northern England shortly become as bad as Scotland? And do other people also notice more of them about recently?