As a result of the world’s longest continual conservation programme, the UK population of kites has risen to such a healthy level that they can now be seen in areas where they have been absent for more than 100 years.
Human dreams of flight have led to spectacular developments in aviation, but our flying machines can often seem crude compared with the more impressive manoeuvres of birds and insects. They are the real masters of the air.
Think of the fens and fenland folk and you probably imagine mud, water, lofty reeds, winters of ice, snow, bitter cold and locals dropping like flies. Did they perchance have a dark secret?
Folklore, food and shelter of the common man could be found among the birch and oak of thirteenth-century British woodland.
When Nicholas Watts decided that Vine House Farm at Deeping St Peter, near Spalding, should be a place where steps could be taken to try to halt the decline in numbers of wild birds, it was a decision that was to benefit the wildlife of a much wider area than just this part of Lincolnshire.