The sun was still shinning , but in the far distance there was a cap of cloud on Cross Fell the highest of the Pennine chain. climbed a couple of years back with my Daughter.
Some Swallows have already been seen in parts of the country heading South, but this little fella and his nest buddies although flying , are still being fed by their parents, so wont be heading South just yet. Also in resent years Swallows have been tending to linger much later into the year, could have something to do with the climate change, as we have milder Septembers and Octobers, so still plenty of insects about.
Now it is said (mainly by farmers) that farmers are the guardians of the countryside, not entirely true, as a vast amount of wild life has been lost because of modern farming practises. As regards certain species of bird we have lost as much as 70 to 80 present.
And yet the amount of wild life to be found right by a busy motorway junction is amazing, above is the very common Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
|And this growing at the side of the motorway slip road, Snowberry (Symphoricarpus)|