Wildlife in the garden
By creating diverse habitats on their plot, including the natural pool, Sarah and Will turned a patch infested with bramble thickets into a haven for wildlife. These are some of the creatures that now call it their home.
Birds: starlings, numerous sparrows, swallows, goldfinches and thrushes fly in, as well as some lesser-seen species such as kingfisher, oystercatchers and reed warblers. Starlings arrive en masse to bathe in the pond in winter. Tawny owls, kestrels and buzzards also visit.
Amphibians: areas of longer grass attract frogs and toads, who also hop into the pond.
Mammals: voles find shelter in the long grass.
Insects: nectar-rich flowers attract bees, butterflies and hoverflies. Rotting log piles and bug hotels attract insects and birds. Damselflies and dragonflies hover over the pond.