Spring and summer visitors

Swallows nest, Parke, Devon

Swallows have already been seen on the coast and they're making their way inland

Last year, the first swallows were seen at Parke on 5 April, so their return is eagerly anticipated.

Three pairs nested around the house and workshops.Their nests were left intact as they quite often re-use them each year, simply relining them with fresh feathers. They usually have three broods of chicks a year, laying between three and six eggs each time.

Swallows spend most of their time flying, so you stand a good chance of spotting these distinctive dark blue and white birds while you're out and about.