New feathered friends moving in at Lofftwen

Back in October 2018, spearheaded by local bird experts Paul & Sue Hazell, we put up the first new bird boxes at Lofftwen. It’s always difficult to know what the response will be from potential new inhabitants but amazingly all three small boxes near the Lofftwen farmhouse have been taken up already. They include a pair of nesting nuthatches, blue tits and, perhaps most exciting of all, European pied flycatchers. The latter are a conservation red species with only 17,000-20,000 breeding pairs throughout the UK.

Paul & Sue have also built and installed some larger bird boxes with specifically tailored designs for Tawny Owl, Barn Owl and Little Owl (Kestrel box too coming soon). I nearly bumped into a Barn Owl on one of my first ever visits to Lofftwen (still a treasured memory to get that close but not sure the Barn Owl felt the same!) and the calls of Tawny Owls regularly accompany us around the campfire, so we know they are around, and we can’t wait for the day they decide to move into their new abodes.

There are too many bird species to list here (more on that coming soon) but of particular note we’ve also seen or heard Redstarts, Yellowhammers, Bullfinches, Green Woodpeckers and Cuckoos, and on the upland areas we are teeming with ground nesting birds, such as Meadow pipits and Skylarks. Many of these birds have amber and red UK conservation status, so as sad as that is in general, it is great to see them making their mark here on the farm, often in significant numbers too. And this feels like just the beginning…