It's been a merry - and busy - month of May so far at Humble Bee Farm!
With the arrival of the warmer weather (after a cool, sunny and dry start to the spring), Farmer Percy has weaned the Berkshire Red piglets, who now live in the barn.
Our Berkshire Red sows will be having another set of piglets later this summer, thanks to a magnificent Oxford Sandy Black boar, who'll be staying with us at Humble Bee for about a month.
The cattle, calves, sheep and lambs are all enjoying the lush grass of the Yorkshire Wolds, while the potato crop has now been planted.
The resulting spuds go to nearby McCains and then to a famous fast food chain later this year!
Our resident barn owl is busy hunting for mice, voles and worms, and has used one of our owl boxes - we're hoping there are some cute owlets inside, but we're keeping our distance so we don't disturb mum and dad.
One aspect of the weather we can't control is the rainfall. Visitors to Humble Bee will see how empty our duck pond is. While water levels are okay at the moment, like many other farmers in our area, we could do with some of the wet stuff for the crops and hedgerows. We just hope it rains at night so everyone can enjoy the sunshine during the day!
If you haven’t visited Filey Dams, then put this spectacular location onto your ‘must visit’ list next time you’re in the Filey area.
It’s a hidden gem situated on the western fringes of the town and is one of the few fresh water marshes in the area.
Measuring six hectares, the site includes two bird hides, a pond-dipping platform and tree-lined paths. Birds, reptiles and small mammals love this little corner of the seaside resort.
The site includes fresh water lagoons, marshes, grasslands and a small copse.
Birdlife includes herons, swans, geese and avocets, with highlights for every season. Spring ‘specialities’ include a variety of waders, tree sparrows and willow warblers; summer bring reed warblers, sandpipers and dragonflies; in the autumn, curlews can be spotted before heading south, and in the winter, ducks and geese love the peace and quiet of the Dams.
Other creatures that are 'Filey Dammers' include roe deer, barn owls, fox, shrews, toads, and many more.