This dry stone wall at Button Moon is not only a beautiful example of local craftsmanship but also does a sterling job of holding up the land behind it. Recently it has an additional, and altogether more exicting, raison d’être. Behind its slate barricades lies a great tit hatchery. Although we haven’t actually seen the nest we have watched the parents disappear through a small gap between the stones, food in bill, soon to reappear and flit off to continue their quest.
We have tried to avoid disturbing them, although Pickle the Jack Russell terrier is very interested in the comings and goings. However, if you linger for just a moment by the entrance, not long enough to anger mum and dad, you can hear the chicks demanding their dinner. It is most enchanting.