garden serves as a thoroughfare for some larger animals and a home range for
others which actually live in the garden. The same too is true for birds and
even insects and even amphibians. Some come to the garden attracted for some specific
reason, water, nectar, refuge and singing posts are some.
A fox was
found dead in the garden in the early 2000’s after being hit by something
probably a car. The occasional Brown Rat has made an appearance and mice, Voles
are sure to be regular in the garden. Signs also of Rabbits
Other species to look out for are Moles, Weasels and Hedgehogs.
be split into regulars including nesting species, occasional visitors and
flyovers if one wishes to count those.
nestboxes and scrub areas which allow a certain
number of species to nest in the garden. Regular proven nesters include Blue
and Great Tits < >,
Dunnock(above third right) and and Blackbird (above far right) while Wren, Long-tailed Tit
have probably bred in recent years. Regular visitors not listed above include Starling,
Greenfinch, Goldcrest, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw. Less common visitors include Nuthatch,
Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare
(winter), and Jay.
In the summer Chiffchaff,
Blackcap and Willow
Warbler are fairly regular. Birds that are in the area and often fly
over or through the garden include Raven, Swallow and various Gulls. Below are featured Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Song Thrush and Siskin.
Crested Newts have been recorded in the past and I found one myself about 5
years ago – so they are probably still using the pond. Toad and possibly frog
have also been recorded.
Speckled Wood which is a woodland butterfly is probably the most often seen
species. Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma are all regular in the Spring after hibernation while Large and Small Whites occur
later on. We have also recorded Holly Blue, the caterpillar of which feeds on
Holly and Ivy berries depending on which brood. The spectacular Brimstone
butterfly has made the odd appearance as have Painted Lady and Orange Tip. Featured below from left to right are orange tip, comma, peacock and speckled wood