I have enjoyed my recent trips to undertake bird atlas work in the Bawnboy, Swadlinbar region. This area is rich in stone archaeological sites. I have also been recording a more recent form of field monuments;— the digger!
As any one interested in natural history would be, I have mixed feelings about diggers . A lot of habitat can be removed very quickly!
Our farm was home to breeding curlews, lapwing, yellowhammer, grey partridge, snipe , and corncrake. Not any more. The changes in land use in the past forty years have been responsible
My children will not be seeing the big spotty eggs of curlews or hearing the screech of barn owls as they hunt.