Category: Habitat

Other mammals @ Harelaw.

In addition to the common 45 pipistrelle, a number of other mammals occur at Harelaw; Soprano pipistrelles, brown long-eared bats, wood & house mice, bank vole, pigmy and common shrew, brown rat, hedgehog, hare, weasel, stoat, red and roe deer. In the recent past Harelaw…

Bats @ Harelaw

There are 6 bat boxes around the site, none of which have yet been used. In addition bat access into the loft space of Hoolit and Leveret has been included in the cottage design. You will also be able to see that some 20 roof…

Birds of Harelaw

Ok it’s a bit over the top, but at Harelaw we have created over 100 artificial nesting sites for birds. These include; • Kestrel boxes (used by Jackdaws), • Tawny owl boxes (used by Jackdaws), • A Barn Owl nesting box inside Hoolit cottage (used…

Meadow Planting

Meadow Planting Three small areas of meadow have been created by spreading yellow rattle and sowing hand collected native flower and grass seed. There is woodland meadow, a Spring meadow and a Summer meadow. These are managed to allow the growth flowering and seed setting…

Wildlife Pond

In 2004 (when the builders were hard at sleep), I borrowed the digger and excavated a small pond! This was lined, gravel tipped in and stocked with native (water lilies excepted – Mothers!!!!) plants. That autumn (yes autumn!) we had frog spawn and the following…

Woodland Replanting

Hundreds of trees and shrubs have been planted around Harelaw with other areas left open and managed Forest Replantas meadows and other pockets left as ‘non-intervention’ to allow natural regeneration of yew, holly hawthorn and ash. Our aim has been to create discrete but flowing…

Dutch Elm Disease

Dutch Elm Disease The Harelaw cottages are set in 2 acre grounds which were originally semi-ancient Elm woodland with a smattering of ancient Oaks, Ash, Wild cherries, Yews and Hollies with an under-story of elder, hawthorn and dog rose. Adjacent to the drive runs a…

Hedge Planting

500 metres of native hedgerows have been planted. Wherever possible local provenance (locally collected seed, home germinated and grown) hawthorn and blackthorn have been used as the mainstay. However those naturalist amongst you will note an unusually wide range of UK native species, including bearberry,…