One of my favourite summer visitors is the curlew. I once watched a pair raising their brood and was fascinated by the ferocity with which the male protected them. He was ready to take on everything and anything that came near the nest. I managed to get quite close and set up a remote camera right next to the nest. The female was equally protective and kept her chicks close, as in this picture. To read all about it in my latest Yorkshire Post column click here.