Two pairs of rare bee-eaters have set up home and are raising chicks at a quarry in Cumbria. With their kaleidoscopic plumage, bee-eaters are one of Europe’s most striking and beautiful birds.
They are normally found nesting in southern Europe and are a very rare breeding bird in the UK. However, visits have increased in recent years, prompting speculation of colonisation.
Last year, two pairs successfully raised chicks on the Isle of Wight and prior to this, birds nested in Herefordshire in 2005, County Durham in 2002, and in Sussex in 1955