When we had the barns tidied up, we had a stable door put in the upper doorway of one of the upper doorways, keeping the top door open through the summer as the swallows nest in there. Thinking they are due to return soon I tied open the top door yesterday, then today we saw the first swallow. It's the earliest date they have returned to us, matching 2011.
Got some of the seats out of storage to treat or wash ready for the new season.
Delighted to finally have some snakes head fritillaries in flower, we have had problems with slugs or just dying off.
Still no nests in our nest boxes started yet, but got to be soon.