The following species of birds have been spotted us on Higher Wiscombe’s 52 acre estate:
Cormorant – Grey Heron – Canada Goose – Mallard – Buzzard – Sparrowhawk – Kestrel – Peregrine – Pheasant – Red Legged Partridge – Grey Partridge – Moorhen – Lapwing – Snipe – Woodcock – Black headed Gull – Common Gull – Lesser Black backed Gull – Herring Gull – Common Tern – Wood pigeon – Stock Dove – Nightjar – Guinea Fowl – Silver Pheasant – Collared Dove – Cuckoo – Barn Owl – Little Owl – Tawny Owl – Swift – Green Woodpecker – Great Spotted Woodpecker – Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – Skylark – Swallow – House Martin – Pied Wagtail – Grey Wagtail – Wren – Dunnock – Robin – Redstart – Blackbird – Mistle Thrush – Song Thrush – Fieldfare – Redwing – Stonechat – Garden Warbler – Willow Warbler – Goldcrest – Long Tailed Tit – Blue Tit – Great Tit – Nuthatch – Treecreeper – Jay – Magpie – Jackdaw – Rook – Carrion Crow – Raven – Starling – House Sparrow – Chaffinch – Greenfinch – Goldfinch – Linnet – Bullfinch – Yellowhammer – Wild Turkey – Little Egret
Total 73 species
The following species of birds were spotted by an RSPB Farm-watch survey that took place during 2006:
Total 76 species
Fallow Deer (we are regularly visited by a light cream herd)
Roe Deer (including a very pale almost Albino male)
Bats: (We have a DEFRA Bat Licence).
We have a County Wildlife Site:
Our wet wood has been designated as a County Wildlife Site for its mosaic of different habitats including unimproved and semi-improved natural grassland, wet grassland, wet woodlands, pond and stream. We are currently carrying out a suitable management plan for these areas, which as included installing ‘leaky dams’ which slow the water running down the foyle towards the River Coly. It is on one of theses dams that the Otter was spotted. The County Wildlife Site stretches beyond our boundary.
Great Oak Tree:
At the top of our wet wood there is an ancient pollarded oak, believed to be in excess of 500 years old. This tree has been selected as one of the Great Trees of East Devon, and is of particular note because several of the limbs can clearly be seen to have reached down to the ground. Only one remains complete and this looks to have re-rooted and risen upwards again, making this oak, called the Wiscombe Oak, a phoenix tree. We have just lost another limb from this great tree so we ask that it is no longer climbed under any circumstances. It has also been listed in the Ancient Tree Register.
We were really pleased when we managed to secure a Farm Watch scheme to assess and advise on our birdlife. The report not only details birds that were spotted at Higher Wiscombe during the three day study but also advises on how to manage the habitat to best advantage. We will be combining this with advice from East Devon AONB and Devon Wildlife Trust in order to maintain the landscape here for all to enjoy.
Devon Wildlife Trust:
We are Family Members of Devon Wildlife Trust and each of the barns has a collection box for DWT and details of the local reserves which are numerous, donations gratefully received. Over £200 has been donated so far.
We maintain a wildlife diary and ask guests on their feedback forms to report any wildlife they have seen