We are still waiting with baited breath for the annual return of the swallows to the camp. Every year since we built the stable block in 2008, has seen the arrival in the first week of April of flocks of swallows to the yard. They are amazing creatures that make a journey to Africa for the winter and then journey back to breed in the UK each spring. However we have had a very settled period of dry weather with very light winds and I am really hoping that this has delayed their return. Last year there were several nests in our stables and each nest had up to 3 broods during the summer months. The swallows are tiny birds but nevertheless noisy and I love hearing their chattering as they build their nests and feed their young. Fingers crossed they return soon !
We are very fortunate to be in a beautiful picturesque part of South Devon where the number of cases of coronavirus have been very small. We are currently preparing the camp and putting up our yurts once again and we have had a lovely surge in bookings over the past couple of weeks. Everyone is keen to book a break to have something to look forward to especially with the unlikely prospect of any foreign holidays. The picture above was taken very recently by a local man, Alan Letcher who is highly respected for his wildlife photography and particularly kingfisher pictures.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp