Fairburn Ings in summer

Years ago, a friend invited me to have a look round Fairburn Ings, an RSPB site just over the border in North Yorkshire. At that point, I was suffering from a major depression and it didn’t clock with me where exactly we were.

It was only after St Aidan’s, a sister site, opened and my daughter and I stumbled across it, when exploring a neighbouring village, that the penny dropped. So, we went back – again in winter – and were a little underwhelmed. It seemed a little barren, if not almost sterile.

However, I’d always intended to make a trip during summer months to see if my feelings towards the site improved. So, this weekend, wanting to explore somewhere different, I dragged my daughter to Fairburn Ings for a walk.

Some very tame squirrels entertained us but I took a short video rather than a still, which I can’t load. That aside, here is a glimpse of the site in its early summer glory.

A helpful sign for bird watchers. I didn’t see any birds at the site but this list might help me identify birds at home.
There is a sign on the wall with peepholes, one of which you are now looking through. It wonders if you will be lucky enough to see a kingfisher today.
Since the foxglove flowered by the pond in the back garden, I have started noticing them everywhere. Apart from mine, they are purple, which I would prefer, but maybe one day the wild variety will find its way downwind.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Fairburn Ings in summer

  1. I am pleased you could see it this time. That certainly is a helpful bird sign.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed your day out. The view through that peephole is lovely – I haven’t seen a kingfisher for years!

  3. I’m glad you and your daughter gave this place a second chance. I’m sorry to read about your bout with a major depression. It can be debilitating. Xo

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