Well, today I had a nice surprise. I went to have a quick look at the stone quarry at the top of Moor Lane in Guiseley, only a stones throw from the park as the crow flies, and was amazed to see that the “sand martins” (riparia riparia) have returned from their long migration from Africa. The sand martin is the smallest of the hirundines (swallows and martins) and the first to return from Africa.
If anybody would like to see them, just park in the lay-by, then stand at the entrance gates and look to the right up the banking side (parallel with the farm track). This is where the sand martins raise their young, in a “hole”in the sand bank. We are very lucky to have these birds in Guiseley and it is the only nest site here. It is also unusual that it is not near a river bank or lake,which is normally the favoured location. Look out for them feeding over the park. Nature really is amazing.