Wildlife at Warcombe Farm Campsite
The camp site itself is an area
of 19 acres. We also own an adjoining field of 14.5 acres.
The campsite has been extensively planted with trees since
our ownership. They have become well established, and provide
much needed shelter for the huge diversity of wildlife that
the camp site attracts.
Between the trees we have allowed
grass and wild flowers to grow freely. If you look closely
there is a huge variety of wild flowers, many of which are
quite rare and we will be continuing the planting program in the coming years.
The shelter that these trees
and the uncut acres of grass that surround them have attracted
many species of birds and butterflies. For the last nine years
we have had Skylarks nesting on site. These lovely birds are
becoming increasingly rare due to modern farming methods,
and the erosion of their natural habitat. We often have flocks
of goldfinches which perch on the trees towards the back of
For a number of years we have
had a pair of buzzards which are seen on an almost daily basis.
These magnificent birds of prey patrol above the campsite
and we have seen them dive successfully for prey on many occasions.
They can be seen at the edge of the fishing lake where they
dip their wings into the water. They like to sit on the lifebouys
at the side of the water and sit watchfully for very long
periods of time. Many happy minutes can be spent observing
them quite closely, and it is possible to stand fairly close
to them before they fly away.
The fishing lake is another magnet
for birds. During Spring and during warm summer evenings,
House Martins and Swallows skim the water to catch insects
to feed their young. They nest in the local barns. They fly
frighteningly close at times but always seem to miss your
head! Snipe and JackSnipe visit the water but are very shy
and fly very quickly. We have had Curlews occasionally too.
The water attracts the usual waterfowl which most people are
familiar with; mallards, geese and seagulls. We have had the
odd visit from cormorants and shag, but fortunately they are
very wary of people and stay by the sea.
If you are up early you will
certainly see heron on site. We have had a couple of varieties.
It is fascinating to watch them at work. They feed on the
huge amounts of toad spawn and frog spawn that we have in
early spring, and of course numerous baby fishes. Due to the
level of our fish stock, there is no danger that the fishing
will suffer! They are very graceful in the air.
In Spring we often see brown
hares on site. The first time that we saw them we thought
that one of our campers had a dog that was running free. They
move extremely quickly but are lovely to see.
The fishing lake is a great asset
to the park. Even if you are not a fisherman, it is so relaxing
to sit at the side of the water and see the activity. In the
summer there are mayflies and dragon flies including the Emperor
Dragonfly. We have newts, frogs, toads and lots of other water
insects. If you are looking for a fishing holiday in Devon
we have equipment for hire.