If it is a dream then it's one shared by an increasing number of country people. And it's a dream that the Countryside Restoration Trust is seeking to make a reality. I recently took a stroll along Bourn Brook and wandered around some of their land at Lark Rise Farm, in Barton, Cambridgeshire.
I started walking here last winter when a Great Grey Shrike took up residence for a few weeks. I never did catch up with the shrike but I saw enough other wild life to make my visits worthwhile. A Barn Owl was frequently seen patrolling the hedgerows and ditches, a fox crossed my path on a number of occasions and a Red Kite, still an uncommon sight in this part of the county, was also encountered.
I strongly advise anyone with any interest in the Trust to click on the link above to find out more about their work, but if you just want to share a little of the dream then here are some more pictures: