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Wildlife

We do our best to encourage wildlife.

 

 

 

 

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On this gable we have set up five boxes for solitary bees. Each box is filled with bamboos, which the bees as nest sites, laying eggs with a small amount of food for their larvae to eat. Other species tunnel into mortar in the walls or in soil. There are about 250 species of solitary bees in Britain.

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The crevices between the logs create perfect habitats for all sorts of creatures.

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We are very lucky in Jersey that the grey squirrel has not been introduced, so the native red squirrel has been able to expand its range, thanks to many tree planting schemes and households like us who put out squirrel feeders. Red squirrels should not eat peanuts, but despite the hazelnuts and walnuts in the squirrel feeders this one could not resist the peanuts in a bird feeder.

Here is a short video of another squirrel who doesn’t know the rules!

 

The local Animal Shelter bring us rescued red squirrels for release back into the environment as we are away from busy roads and there are plenty of routes through the trees into the Greve de Lecq woods.

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We create log piles in the meadows around the house to create habitats for hedgehogs, toads and other wildlife.

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The bug hotel is situated between the patio and the top meadow, where it enjoys full sun.

 

We have created as many different habitats as we can, using corks, pine cones, twigs, off-cuts of slate, air bricks, paper drinking straws and even old telephone directories.

 

 

The super-sized fir cone on the top is another of Su Cloud’s creations.