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Wildlife

Wildlife and biodiversity is encouraged at Brackenrigg. Brackenrigg House & Brackenrigg Barn have been awarded with a Natural England sponsored Biodiversity Award. Brackenrigg is a case study in Natural England's influential 'Natural Economy' Report.

Brackenrigg is fortunate to have a number of pipistrelle birds, mammals, insects, spiders and amphibians visitors here and do our best to provide them with the habitats they need.

Red Squirrels: there are 4 red squirrels that visit usually daily – two with bushy light brown tails and two with almost bronze coloured tails. There are 4 feeders close to the cottages so you can watch from your windows. We liaise with Save Our Squirrels to watch out for greys in the area.

Brackenrigg's badgers are particularly active in the early autumn – and come into the gardens regularly at this time. They have several large sets in the woods – shy and nocturnal, you need to be out at dusk and very quiet to see them!

Roe Deer are regularly seen in the wood – and there is one large Red Deer with wonderful antlers that sometimes comes into the field at twilight mainly in the Spring and Autumn.

There are pipistrelle and long eared bats in the roof of our own house – You may see them at twilight, and children may hear them, through the summer months catching insects on the wing.

The owls – both tawny and barn – are testament to the abundance of small mammals here. You may hear both owls at night, and often if you’re back late in the evening you’ll surprise the owls into swooping across the drive-way. You may see buzzards and kestrels during the day.

One guest staying in Brocklebeck helped identify over 40 different birds here – many regular visitors to the feeders. For the nature lovers amongst you, you can borrow binoculars to view them.

Insect life is encouraged with a new flower border for bees and butterflies and for a variety of insects.

The woodland is managed with a light touch – allowing fallen branches to lie to encourage insects, fungi and refuge for all manner of fauna and flora. We hope you'll enjoy the woodland, explore the new pathways and picnic areas, 3000 new native trees have been planted in the field. The fell banks are full of wild flowers in spring and summer – These are strimmed just once a year to encourage wild flowers. The Spring is spectacular - the banks are full of daffodils & bluebells

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Warm & Inviting cottage, great views all round, great walks from here too. Just a generally lovely place and area. Can't wait to visit next time! xx (Bleaberry)

Mark & Becky, B'Ham - Posted on: June 2013

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