The Guardian view on swallows and swifts: nature’s messengers | Editorial

Swifts are back in UK skies, putting an end to the annual hiatus when nature seems to hold its breath, awaiting successive waves of migrant birds whose twittering is the soundscape of summer. But these are worrying times. The swift has joined that traditional herald of summer, the cuckoo, on the RSPB’s latest red list … Read more

Swallows and martins head back to the UK but a changing climate threatens their future | Birds

During the first week of April each year, regular as clockwork, I get a very welcome phone call. When I answer, the voice at the other end simply says: “It’s Andrew. They’re back! ” That’s the moment I know our local swallows have returned, having survived their epic 6,000-mile journey from South Africa to Somerset. … Read more