Honister Pass, Lake District Sparrowhawks have scared off the birds, but 20 trailhounds are streaming across the hillside

Where have the ravens on Raven Crag gone? I ask, puzzled, scrutinising the baby Matterhorn on Fleetwith Pike from Gatesgarth Farm at the head of Buttermere. “Honister Crag is where,” answers Willie Richardson. “Oh, and Haystacks,” the retired shepherd adds, nodding towards the fells opposite the dale head, which always make me think of Monet’s haystacks. That’s local knowledge for you (the farm had been his home for 59 years).

He reckons that sparrowhawks are nesting in a holly bush on the rock-face, scaring off the birds that gave the crag its name.

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