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.