August’s sense of spring


Although it’s summer, some of the wildlife around the farm echo springtime. Delicate baby toads and frogs occupy every footstep of grass around Sheepdrove lake. Leverets still bound about. Naive young Goldfinches, not yet alert to humans, might tolerate you nearby as they hack away at knapweed heads. Fledged garden birds are learning about the nut feeders.

Some birds haven’t marked any kind of season’s change – and why would they? House Martin chicks are peeping out of the nests on Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, neighbours to Woodpigeons brooding eggs and Wrens at Nut Wood are wrapped up in yet another chick feeding frenzy!


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