Our nursery is set in eleven acres. We are lucky to live in the middle of the Norfolk countryside. Farmland, woodland, meadow, rivers and lakes are all within a few hundred yards of our nursery and are home to a huge range of Flora and Fauna. We have been recording the wildlife seen on our land since we arrived in the early 90s.
We would love our visitors to enjoy the wildlife too.
You may be lucky to spot a Buzzard (becoming increasingly common here now) or a Barn Owl whilst standing on the sales area so keep your eyes peeled! In the Summer, you may be joined by young Flycatchers learning to hunt from a nearby perch. In the winter, watch for Little Egrets which often fly over or stand patiently fishing, along with the Herons, at the edge of the water meadow ponds. At migration times, huge skeins of Geese will fill the sky at regular intervals. An Osprey may visit the lakes nearby as it did a number of years ago and the appearance of the odd Red Kite or two is not an impossibility. A Bittern has been spotted and even Otters in the river can occasionally be seen along with our resident Kingfishers. Sadly, you probably will not have the opportunity to count the Glow-worms on a warm midsummer’s night or watch for Badgers on their nightly jaunts but you will almost certainly catch a glimpse of our brazen Rabbits (who are very partial to the odd herb or two), or even a Roe Deer (very partial to roses) and not forgetting the Muntjac (who will eat just about anything!)
The meadow is golden with Buttercups in the Spring and Common Spotted Orchids thrive in the Summer and mingle with purple and yellow Vetches, Red Clover and Bedstraw. Late Summer sees a haze of purple Knapweed and yellow Fleabane and all is grazed by our two rather elderly rescued donkeys.
We always try to keep a path mown through the long grass to allow visitors to go insect spotting – although not too close to the bee hives! Bees, of course, are in seventh heaven on the nursery as too are Butterflies. The surrounding water meadows bring forth a variety of Dragonflies and Damselflies and the grasslands hum with Grasshoppers at the height of Summer. Even on the nursery itself and in the polytunnels we are constantly watching where we tread because of the quantity of Frogs and Toads enjoying the warm, damp conditions. They do an excellent job of ridding us of more unwelcome bugs. That’s real life natural pest control for you!
We will update you of any news regarding the wildlife through twitter.