About nature in
and in the local
This is an upland area situated within
limits of the Pennines. The hills on either site of the South Tyne
Valley rise to about 500m ( around 1700ft) so the animal and plant
species are those you would expect in such an area. Bird
specialities include black grouse and hen harrier. Among the
mammals there are red squirrels, otters and polecats. However it is
with the every day species which appear on the cameras
around the garden that I am mainly concerned.
The garden is surrounded by mature
conifers, birch and scots pine. The grass is mown in parts and rough in
others. There is also a largish pond usually occupied by mallard. The
nest boxes, with cameras, in the garden include four bird
boxes for the
smaller species, a tawny owl box, a kestrel box and a red squirrel box.
Also with cameras are three bird feeding stations, as well as a red
squirrel feeder and a small mammal feeder. The pond is also covered by
a camera. For the insects I have planted a group of buddleia and each
year I sow a number of suitable annuals. I also leave patches of
bramble and nettles around the garden.