SUNDAY marked the official start of spring and with it came the first swallows of the year, reports the British Trust for Ornithology with some surprise.
The Millennium Wall Competition, the first of its kind in Britain, was started as it names suggests only four years ago and is held every two years. In 2002, it had already established a growing reputation and the number of entrants leapt by 30%.
The adage “one swallow doth not a summer make” seems to be out of date in these days of global warming because swallows have been reported as far north as the Yorkshire Dales.
The very strong winds of recent days have helped not just swallows but other birds like sand martins, wheatears and chiffchaffs to arrive very early from their winter quarters in Southern Europe and North Africa.