Blagdon Water comprises
35 acres of rural countryside, set in the heart
of the Westcountry. The environmental site is dedicated
to providing a natural habitat in which the local
wildlife is free to flourish without having to
compete with the needs of modern agriculture.
Fifteen acres are set
aside for the newly planted woodland of oak,
ash, alder and rowan. This young
woodland site, which remains undisturbed
for most of the year, provides a natural habitat
mice, voles and rabbits. These small animals
damage the young trees but their numbers
controlled by kestrels, barn owls and buzzards.
It is a wonderful
sight to watch a predatory bird hover silently,
high overhead, as it prepares to swoop on
its unsuspecting prey.