We are incredibly fortunate because we enjoy amazing biodiversity both at The Woollen Mill and in the surrounding countryside. When we first moved here, we couldn’t believe our eyes as we had never seen so many butterflies, birds, bees and insects. We are surrounded by wonderful fields, meadows and woodland. Better still, the lanes around the valley feature traditional hedgerows which are vital habitats for an incredible array of flora and fauna. The local farmers are careful to preserve the field margins for wildlife when they are cultivating crops and then there’s the river which attracts numerous interesting species.
To promote biodiversity, we have planted our gardens with flowers and shrubs which attract a multitude of butterflies, bees and insects. It isn’t unusual to see dozens of butterflies flitting around the garden in the summer months and gorgeous birdsong provides a pleasing soundtrack to life at the mill. Wagtails are a common sight together with blackbirds, great tits, swallows and blue tits. Herons and ducks are frequent visitors to the river where stunning damselflies add beautiful splashes of colour to the landscape.