It is World Wildlife Day today! This day is celebrated annually on March 3rd to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife and their role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem. We are very passionate about conservation at Hidden Valley Yurts & Lake House, we are lucky enough to have a wide range of wildlife on our site in the stunning Wye Valley, Monmouthshire. Let’s take a closer look at some of the amazing animals and creatures that call our site home.
Foxes can be seen in the Wye Valley, and at Hidden Valley Yurts & Lake House, lucky guests may spot them running through the fields or playing in the woods. These creatures are fascinating to watch, with their agile movements and keen senses. Did you know that foxes are able to hear low-frequency sounds that are inaudible to humans?
Certainly, a less common sight, is a nocturnal creature – the badger. These shy animals are most active at night. Badgers are known for their distinctive black and white striped faces and their love for digging. They create intricate underground tunnel systems called setts.
Roe deer and fallow deer are two of the most common species of deer found in the UK, and lucky guests may spot them grazing on our fields. Roe deer are known for their reddish-brown fur and their delicate frame, while fallow deer have a more distinctive coat with white spots. These creatures are both herbivores and are an essential part of the ecosystem, helping to keep the grass and plant life under control.
Muntjac deer and wild boar are two other species that can be found at Hidden Valley, although they are less commonly seen. Muntjac deer are a small species of deer and are known for their distinctive barking call. Wild boar, on the other hand, are a large and formidable species that were once native to the UK but were hunted to extinction. In recent years, they have been reintroduced and can now be found in some parts of the country, including Monmouthshire.
Squirrels are a very common sight at Hidden Valley Yurts & Lake House, and guests may see them scampering through the trees or collecting nuts and seeds. Fun fact…did you know that squirrels have four fingers on their front paws and five on their back paws?
Shrews, voles, and moles are three small creatures that guests may not see but are an essential part of the ecosystem. Shrews are small, insect-eating mammals that have a high metabolism and need to eat constantly to survive. Voles are herbivores that are often mistaken for mice but have shorter tails and rounder faces. Moles, on the other hand, are burrowing mammals that are known for their distinctive shovel-like front paws
Wessels, otters, stoats, grass snakes, slow worms, and newts are just a few of the other creatures that guests may spot on our site. Brown trout, native carp, eels, and bullheads are some of the fish that can be found in our lake. Meanwhile, guests may see greater spotted woodpeckers, lesser spotted woodpeckers, and green woodpeckers flying through the trees. Birds of prey such as buzzards, red kites, sparrow hawks, peregrine falcons, and goss hawks are also commonly seen in the area.
If you are not really a fan of animals then don’t worry! To see most of these creatures, you would have to go looking for them.
Do you fancy coming to stay in our wildlife friendly corner of the Wye Valley. Book here.