We have the most amazing wildlife on on our 52 acre farm at Higher Wiscombe. When we bought the farm in 2003 the first thing we saw were the soaring Buzzards, hence our logo. This part of East Devon is between the Exe and the Axe estuaries and is a major migration route for birds, so we get some unusual visitors too. We have not put anything on our land since we bought it fifteen years ago, and neither did Carol, the previous owner of another fifteen years. As a result the pastures and hedges are rich is flora and fauna. We have abundant Orchids and the Bluebells form a carpet in late spring. We have a rich population of Mammals that are commonly seen by our guests, these include Badgers, Fallow and Roe Deer, Foxes, Rabbits and most recently an Otter was spotted on one of our ‘leaky Dams”. A Farm Survey by FWAG found that we have Dormice too, but these are hard to spot. We have created Bat dormitories too as the valleys from Branscombe to Southleigh have some of the UK’s rarest bats. We are part of the East Devon AONB group that monitors local Bat populations. We have six species here, including the rare Greater Horseshoe Bat. Bats are initially hard to spot, however with a bit of help it’s quite easy and we even have a Bat listening kit to aid spotting and identification.
We also offer Farm Tours to our guests, these can be either on foot, or partially in a 4WD for those less mobile. We can show how farm diversification does not have to harm the local environment whilst still running a successful business. The tour includes covering the history of the farm, as well as some of the technical innovations we have installed, from a biomass boiler using local chip, to our own water and waste system, as well as the restored orchard and wildlife. Tours are subject to Alistair being here, (he is most of the time) and are free of charge to our guests. Please contact us for details.
Below you can see the full list of wildlife that has been spotted here.