BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS
Our gardens have an abundance of flowers that butterflies like. We have a bank of buddleias which attract many species of butterflies, most notably Silver Washed Fritillaries, Peacocks, Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Orange tip, Brimestone, Comma, various Whites and various Blues. Moths are also in abundance too numerous to list but we are privileged to have a very rare colony of Scarce Merveille du Jour – also we have encountered several very striking Elephant Hawkmoths.
There are an abundance of damselflies and a large number of Emperor Dragonflies – the photo below shows an Emperor hatching from its chrysalis (exudae) in our pond.
Bats have resided here for decades. We have as many as seven species of bat which spend the summer here within the vast roof spaces. Visitors can see them at night leaving the buildings to hunt. Some will use the river, others use the woodland.
This colourful little bird is the star of the show on our river. There are many pairs that fish on the river, very close to the cottages, and they can be seen throughout the day and you may be lucky enough to see one fishing, as one of our residents did in the video clip on our home page. If you haven’t seen a kingfisher before, the irridescent blue flash as he flies by is unmistakeable.
As well as kingfishers, we have this very adventurous dipper. When watching them for any length of time, you will see them disappear under the water in search of small prey. They are quite plentiful on our river.
GREAT CRESTED NEWTS
In one part of the property we have a pond which is home to great crested newts. Members of Defra have visited the property and have verified the presence of this very rare amphibian. The pond also contains palmate and common newts.
Several of our cottages are linked to cameras in bird boxes around the site – we have been privileged to witness the hatching, growth and fledging of dozens of blue tits and great tits in our boxes. In Spring 2013 however, we were delighted to discover that nuthatches are occupying two of the boxes. The photos here are photos of the TV screen, one photo shows 6 baby huthatches, and the other shows mother nuthatch sitting on eggs.
Angela and Richard Cooper
Orford Mill Holiday Cottages
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