Wildife at Land of Joy
The shaded woodlands give food and shelter to roe deer, red and grey squirrels and other small mammals including at least 4 bat species, such as brown longeared, Brandt’s, Soprano and common pipistrelle bats. Otter slides are seen in the snow and females with cubs forage in the lakes. Stoats are seen in the gardens and deer, fox, badger, and otter footprints are regularly found along muddy footpaths.
Birds love our woodlands and the buildings, with over 30 species nesting at Land of Joy, including many migrant species. House martins and swallows swoop down to catch insects above the lawns, especially after rain. Robins, blackbirds, chaffinches and nuthatches raid the bird table and thrushes help remove slugs and snails from our walled garden. Tawny owls breed in all three of our owl boxes, whilst the owls using the box just outside the walled garden, help to keep vole numbers down in our two poly tunnels and the rest of the vegetable garden.