Hello, I'm Lionel Little Owl.
I'm your neighbour at Elm Croft Holiday Let. I'm keeping you up to date with all the local goings on at Hollins. When you visit, you probably won't see me, as I'm quite shy and retiring, but I do like to have a good natter with "the Mrs.", so you may well hear me calling.
I saw the first swallow here on the 4th April, sat on the telephone
wire at the bottom of the village, presumably catching it's breath
after the long haul it's made from Southern Africa. The curlews are
also back, and in full voice in the fields over the back of Elm
Spring is here and the daffodils are just coming out as the
snowdrops are finishing. Blossom is on the blackthorn trees and the
hedgerows are beginning to show green shoots. The local birds,
including blue tits and both tree and house sparrows are looking at
the nest boxes.