I’ve watched the House Martins arrive with the Swallows year after year. My neighbour will not tolerate their noise and mess in the eaves of his cottage and has netted the eaves to keep them out. Another building is now unavailable to these amazing travellers from Africa. Our swallows returned to our cottage and successfully reared 7 young
Sadly it has been an awful year for butterflies, particularly the Small Tortoiseshell. As Autumn arrives we still hope to have some decent weather which might afford some of our favourite butterflies to get a chance at nectar to revive them. This year I have recorded sightings of mostly Green Veined White, some Ringlets, a few Red Admiral and a couple of day flying moths.
I have been been told to use poisons to kill off weeds around our cottage. These are carcinogenic and despite claims they are safe, there is no research which convinces me. I will not be using Monsanto Roundup, nor any other weed killer. I will try the bio degradable polythene instead- though seems I can’t avoid products made from oil.
This land is our land, this land is your land. This land was made for you and me…….not.