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Wildlife Habitats

The significant loss of wildlife habit 'webs' from the countryside has led to serious problems which directly affect every kind of species that lives in and needs those habits. This is, without doubt, a problem that has occurred because of human actions and it is therefore crucial we put right what we have damaged in the past. Webs offer different needs to different creatures whether it is to hide from a predator, shelter from the weather, roost, feed, nest or breed. When we damage any one of the webs, the impact of our actions can cause devastation at every level.

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous." ~ Aristotle

Survival of the Species

When we approach The Devisdale and Denzell Gardens, it's easy to take for granted the different species of trees, hedgerow, scrub and grassland. We may even see the ponds simply as a water feature. However, at the soul of The Devisdale is a carefully drawn-up management plan that ensures every species that inhabits the area is given the best possible chance of protection in order to ensure its survival.

 
The Tawny Owl is often heard, but rarely seen on The Devisdale
 

The Tawny Owl for example nests and roosts in trees and tree holes and eats the rodents that like to hide in the rough grass. The Green Woodpecker also nests and roosts in trees and frequently on grassland as well as in rotten wood (unlike the other native woodpeckers).

The hedgerow and scrub (including gorse) is managed to allow flower and fruit which in turn feeds all manner of Finches. Finches are mainly seed eaters, though they tend to feed their young on animal protein so again the land becomes a provider.

In the summer the Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Black Cap can been seen on The Devisdale when the insects are in abundance. They also like to nest and roost in the hedge and scrub

Different bird species have different nesting strategies. Some prefer the highest forks of the hedge to nest, some lower down in the hedge bank so it is important to ensure the hedges are not all trimmed to a regular height as this would not be the best way to attract such a diversity of wildlife.

 
The Chiffchaff is another bird attracted to The Devisdale during springtime to feed on the abundance of insects
 

Avoiding its Main Predator

The Pipistrelle Bat is another creature that has decided to set up home on the Devisdale. The species is particularly fond of the water sources and herb rich grassland and hedgerow which generate the insect food they require for survival. A bat on The Devisdale is at least safe from its main predator - the domestic cat. Bats are also integral to the environment and are a good indicator of the wildlife we often don't see - such as the insects they feed on.

Buzzards, Sparrow Hawks and Kestrels can often be seen hovering above The Devisdale or perched on tree branches whilst surveying the land for a mouse, vole or even a baby rabbit.

The Grey Heron is a frequent visitor to Denzell Gardens where he can be seen waiting patiently by the ornamental pond where he feeds on fish, amphibians and small mammals.

 
One of the most amazing sights on The Devisdale is the Grey Heron in flight
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