Here at Hope Pastures we are all great animal lovers and this extents beyond domestic pets to wildlife too.
Some of the birds that have been photographed at the Sanctuary
Other birds regularly seen are the Swallows which rear several broods of chicks every year, a Lone Pheasant, a pair of Red Kites and more recently a pair of Kestrels who have become quite brave as we often lead the horses right past them within a few feet of where they are perched. We have noticed that these birds of prey have arrived to hunt our resting land where the grass has grown long with a variety of insects and rodents thriving in it.
Since we began resting sections of our fields using electric fencing we have seen wildflowers flourishing and in turn this has provided the perfect space for Grasshoppers, Ladybirds, Dragonfly,and a huge variety of other insects to live happily.
This encouragement of wildlife on the site is something we plan to continue and we have already purchased several Bat Boxes and Bird Boxes for use on our newly redeveloped outbuildings.