23rd March 2017 Rob Jones

2017’s unlikeliest craze according to Conde Nast Traveller

Well then come and get crazy here. This is a secret birders paradise. We really do have 27 species of bird in fact last year we had 8 species nesting in the house – wren, blue tit, house sparrow, pied wagtail, swallow, wood pigeon and chaffinch.

From the house we can usually see and hear the local raven, green and greater spotted woodpeckers, magpies and jays and at night in the summer the house is surrounded by nightjars churring away and hooting owls. Most years we hear the cuckoo in the valley. East Devon - Woodbury Common The common just above the house is a good place to spot a hobby probably chasing a dragonfly, dartmoor warblers, larks arising, many buzzards,the occasional kite, and rarer species – we had winter visitors this year including a waxwing.

The RSPB Aylesbeare reserve is at the top of the hill and there are estuary reserves nearby on the Exe.

Swallows are remarkable birds of regular habit as our yearly record shows both arriving and departing on the epic journey within days each year. The first will arrive here any day now – the earliest recorded at the house over the last 8 years where we usually have a few pairs nesting in the barn has been 5th April and the latest 10th April.. These babies hatched last year in the barn roof.

so enjoy the luxury we offer here and watch our resident cock pheasant amble across the field out side your window and if you are lucky the partridge family will toddle down the lane in front of your car on the way home.

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