We have a variety of birds that come and visit Orford Mill. We have bird houses that have cameras in them. This is so you can see how they are doing from your cottage TV. Here is a video of baby Nuthatches being tendered by their mother, this is a rare event for any bird watcher.
The nightly Badger raid takes place at dusk. From two to eight badgers have been seen every night travelling from the Common where we believe the sett lies. They travel several miles to delight in the peanuts we provide and have been here every evening over a 10 year period. Sometimes a fox will accompany the badgers at the feast. The badgers can be seen by anyone from several points around the perimeter of the garden. Several cottages overlook this garden so the occupants of those cottages can see them from the comfort of their cottage.
We have an enclosed paddock just beyond the tennis court, in which we keep a small flock of white rheas (see photo below). The best time to see them in their prime is in the spring when the male begins his courtship which is a sight to behold!
The fox is a very rare visitor to our gardens but we assume he comes when there is a shortage of natural food, but he will join the badgers at the peanut feast without any conflict between them.
Otters can be seen at the site at any time of the day. Our cottages sit on the bank of the river Torridge which once held the record for the largest number of salmon in the South West. They are still quite rare but many of our visitors have been lucky enough to see one. Please see the video attached here which was made by one of our holidaymakers who stayed in Riverside and had frequent sightings of otters and kingfishers. This is a short version of the DVD – the full length version is available to watch in our cottages.
LADY AMHURST PHEASANT
This must be one of the most beautiful of all the exotic pheasants in the world. We have been extremely lucky to have bred this small flock of pheasants, and also extremely lucky that such a secretive bird has decided to reside on our site. We are most hopeful that they will continue to breed within our boundary and expand their numbers. The birds do live totally wild and are not enclosed.
Angela and Richard Cooper
Orford Mill Holiday Cottages
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