Swallows 2022


I took part in a formal BTO survey a few years ago, surveying for feeding ('swooping') swallows. Once the research was collated, there was, as expected, a strong relationship between swallow abundance and grazing livestock as well as a link to water (insects again). Very few swallow passes seen over arable or grassland without livestock or water within a few '00 m.
They will soon find a mower cutting grass as I presume it disturbs the insects and makes easy hunting
Just one shown up so far - a scout perhaps . I had quite a lot of ladybirds overwinter in my office (as usual ) The last ones flew last night through the open window . A few bumble bees too , but surprisingly , no butterflies this winter . I think it was Kidds who said that ladybirds generated a bit of a stink when they overwinter , but no smells this year . Glad about that as I quite enjoy playing host to them during the bad weather .


Livestock Farmer
Just seen our first this morning now the temperature has dropped. Allot later than usual. West Somerset. Hopefully the rest will turn up soon.

An Gof

At long last I have seen my first Swallows of the year on the farm. Very late for us here. Usually expect to see them about 10th April. So glad that at least some have made it.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...