Home in Hornsea that’s a must for bird­watch­ers and wildlife lovers

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Oak­en­gates, Spring­bank Av­enue, Hornsea. Price: £299,950. Con­tact: Quick and Clarke, tel: 01964 537123, www.quickclarke.co.uk

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.

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