As the days get longer and warmer, the apple trees start to blossom. This is our call to action, and in between showers from rainbow-edged clouds, we start sowing our wildlife-friendly spring cereals. The chickens return to full lay and the cows venture out to savour this season’s new pasture, oblivious to the protests of the skylarks hovering high above them. Vivid shades of green abound and the familiar call of the cuckoo heralds its arrival. Meanwhile, the magpie goes about his skulduggery. Evenings are still cool, but the air is sweetened with the smell of elderflower.


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