It's now the middle of May, and we have been enjoying seeing Springtime unfold up here on the Moors. The moorland birds are a real draw for me and I feel privileged to step out of the house for a hike or a run on the Moors and be in the company of lapwings, golden plover, curlew, greylag geese, woodcock, oystercatchers. Highlights have been hearing the cries of the black headed gulls, and finding three woodcock chicks. Last week the swifts arrived back, and a month before them, the swallows. We have heard cuckoos, and last month, Ruth saw an osprey overhead.

The colours and textures on the Moor have gradually changed and softened, even though we have had keen frosts and misty morning until quite recently.

A few recent images from Danby Dale and Westerdale.