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May is a time of scrutiny. The vegetable patch is visited twice daily and examined with rapt attention for any sign of the miracle that is germination.

Nest boxes, put up in January, claimed by tits and robins in March, clutches laid in April, are now avidly studied for a glimpse of their fledglings. The skies are scanned for returning swifts and swallows, ears cocked for the cuckoo’s call or nightingale’s evening

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