Wilderness Reserve is a 5000 acre paradise managed for wildlife and few private places elsewhere in Britain exist that can boast of hosting 125 species of birds, 33 mammals, 220 plants, nearly 600 moths, 23 butterflies, 20 dragonflies and four amphibians. 2,000 nest boxes, 75 for barn owls and the rest for smaller birds such as tits, robins and spotted flycatchers can be seen on the trees. Acres of wildflower seed has been sown, so carpets of vibrant golds, reds, yellows and blues are on display during spring, summer and autumn seasons.
As summer wanes, summering birds are delightfully replaced by hundreds of wintering thrushes such as redwings and fieldfares that seek out berry-bearing hedgerows and orchards where they will voraciously feed on the crop. And as autumn turns to winter, the first woodcock arrives under the light of October’s “harvest” full moon. Wilderness Reserve woodlands host several hundred of these amazing creatures that zig-zag through the trees. Finches gather in flocks and wildfowl numbers increase with teal, wigeon and tufted duck joining the local mallard on the lakes and larger ponds.