3 baby swallows

These 3 chicks were minding their own business in one of our outbuildings till I came along and disturbed them. This is just one of several nesting places we have for the swallows.

If anybody can give me some assistance in siting bird boxes I wouuld very much appreciate it.

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Company for the swallows

Wagtails and yellow finches are now flying about, dipping and weaving everywhere. Wild poppies with their glorious red are appearing and also their counterpart the icelandic poppy. The mayflower is now more abundant and cow parsley is starting to appear.
Owls can be heard in the evening communicating with one another and the pheasants also with their familiar loud screeching sound.

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More swallows – will they make a summer?

More swallows have now arrived and it's wonderful to hear their chatter as they prepare their nests. In the evenings you can watch them swoop over the fields as they catch the midges in the cool of the evening.

The blackthorn is now in flower and it's great to see the hedgerows alive with its blossom. The mayflower has started to appear although a little earlier than expected; maybe it's a sign that a good summer is expected. Local farmers are predicting a hotter summer due to the fact that twins and triplets have been born. Let's hope!

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Dry weather at last

What a glorious week we've just had ! We spent as much of the week as possible in our allotment, preparing outside beds for planting and marvelling at how much drier the ground is. This week may be a different story apparently. Really looking forward to the clocks going forward at the weekend.

By the way, if anyone has any advice on siting bird boxes please leave a message.

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Signs of Spring at Foxhill

Below are just a few of the things that are happening around Foxhill Barn to suggest that Spring is on its way: -

Snowdrops, primroses and crocuses are all showing in the garden, and our daffodills have begun to push through. In the hedgerows the trees are starting to bud and the hazel is providing an impressive display of catkins.

We have spent the weekend planting onions, broad beans and peas in our polytunnel and are hoping that the worst of the cold weather has passed as we would like to get on with planting outside.

Walkers who are interested in river routes may be interested to know that there is a feature on the Ribble Way in this month's Country Walking Magazine. As the author discovered, it may be preferable to walk it from sea to source.

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