Curlews returned to the moors above our house on Monday, followed on Thursday by lapwings. This afternoon, in truly glorious weather, I heard a familar, long-anticipated call and looked up to see three swallows freshly returned from Africa. It was like seeing old friends.

It looks as if summer has officially arrived in the Pennines.

What are the odds we have snow next week?

Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks
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