House Martins

The last time I can remember seeing House Martins nesting was at Primary school. But, today I saw them again, when Sa and I went to Rufford Abbey. The rate that the parents were bringing food was huge – there must have been a delivery every 30-60 seconds!


Despite being basically a ruin, Rufford was fascinating – most on seeing just how much care was lavished on it when it was built. For example, does anyone have a hip end or rainwater downpipe hopper on their roof that is as good as these that were on the carriage shed …

Dragon hip end at Rufford Abbey Rainwater downpipe hopper at Rufford Abbey

For interest, this is what’s left of the main house after mining subsidence, dry rot, death duties and general neglect – quite sad :-

Rufford abbey

More photos here

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