Home in Hornsea that’s a must for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers
WILDLIFE enthusiast Margaret Boyd had no need to tune into BBC’s Autumnwatch, the view from her kitchen window is twice as good.
“Our medium-sized garden has attracted over 60 species of bird, has breeding grass snakes, common frogs and common newts. It is regularly visited by pipistrelle bats and grey squirrels and less regularly by foxes and hedgehogs. It is also home to many species of moth and butterfly, along with a large number of other invertebrates. It is no rambling nature reserve but because of its fabulous location it really can be a wildlife hot spot,” says Margaret.
Hornsea Mere, the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire, is in walking distance of the house and the garden is under the flight path of a range of wildfowl. The seafront is also a 10-minute walk away, accessed across arable farmland, bordered by hedges and ditches, returning through the town’s parkland.
“This diversity of habitats is all on our doorstep and accessible without getting in the car but if we want to visit other areas then Hornsea sits half way between the bird migratory honey pots of Spurn Point and Flamborough Head. Further inland, the RSPB and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust own a wealth of different areas to be visited, taking us just over an hour to reach the reed beds of Blacktoft Sands or the wetlands of Wheldrake Ings, with other delights such as North Cave wetlands and the wonderful Top Hill Low reserve owned and managed by Yorkshire Water, only 30 to 40 minutes away. This is before we venture only a little further to be on the rambling heather-clad Yorkshire moors, fringed by the expanses of deciduous and conifer woodland that are Cropton and Dalby forests,” says Margaret, a keen bird watcher, who bought her light-filled 1960s house in 1996.
It is in one of Hornsea’s most sought-after locations, the property has been extended and modernised and now has an entrance hall, cloakroom/ toilet, through lounge leading out to a part-covered sun terrace, dining room, 18ft breakfast kitchen, utility room, master bedroom with balcony, three further bedrooms and a 15ft house bathroom. There is a fifth bedroom and study on the second floor.
Outside, there is a double parking bay and an integral garage. The south-facing rear garden has ornamental borders, a patio and sun terraces.
Margaret and her family are selling to move to a house with enough land for horses.
“We love the house and the garden. It’s in a fantastic spot and we’ll be very sad to leave it,” says Margaret.
Hornsea has a population of 8,000 and is known for the Hornsea Freeport shopping village and Hornsea Mere. The town is 18 miles from Hull and 13 miles from the market town of Beverley.