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Wildlife

Windover Farm Cottage sits on the Blackdown Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is a truly beautiful place which offers a diverse range of habitats which, in turn, supports a wealth of flora and fauna.

In the garden you are quite likely to see finches (chaffinch, greenfinch, siskins, goldfinch, bullfinch), tits (blue, great, coal, long-tailed, willow), sparrows (house and dunnocks), blackbirds, robins, goldcrests, wrens, magpies, nuthatches, pied wagtails (which last year hatched young in the barn adjacent to the property) and grey wagtails, jay, greater spotted woodpeckers and green woodpeckers. In the spring you might hear the cuckoo.

At night you might hear owls (such as barn owls, tawny owls and little owls) calling to one another. And, when all is quiet, other visitors to the garden include badgers, hedgehogs and foxes who pass though looking for supper!

The fields around the cottage have not received any fertilisers for many years. They are managed by grazing with cows and sheep. In the summer months some of the fields are cut for hay which fills the air with a beautiful aroma.

The River Madford runs alongside the fields and kingfishers, water voles and herons have made it their home.

The hedges are wide and thick and provide a fantastic food source and a safe place for birds to nest and rear their young. Typical species in the hedges include oak, ash, hazel and field maple along with foxgloves, wild strawberries and primroses which grow on the hedge bank.

Hooper's Hedgerow Hypothesis suggests that the age of a hedge is equivalent to the number of woody species found multiplied by 100! The hedges around Madford have at least 10 species growing in them!


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