Spring time at Pry House Farm, Swaledale, the Yorkshire Dales

Swaledale sheep and wild birds on home field

At Pry House Farm in the Yorkshire Dales spring is a busy season. Not only is it lambing time but also the breeding season for hundreds of birds such as the curlew.

Upper Swaledale is home to many ground nesting birds. They forage for food on the meadow fields but make their nests in the pastures. The abundance of rushes and uneven ground in the pastures provides shelter and camouflague for the birds, their eggs and newly hatched chicks.

A lapwing carefully hidden in the tall grass