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Wildlife Report

Being situated adjacent to agricultural land and in An Area of Great Landscape Value in South East Cornwall, Dolbeare Park is in a fantastic location for exploring the wildlife of our beautiful surrounding area. Centrally placed between the beauty and the wildness of Dartmoor to our east, Bodmin Moor to our west and the unspoilt area of the Rame Peninsula with its superb cliffs and beaches to our south.

Since we became the new owners back in 2007, we have managed the park with wildlife and conservation in mind. Our projects such as tree pruning, the planting of 300 saplings (field maple, dogwood, crab apple, wild cherry, beech and oak) and the creation of our wildlife area is ongoing. Many areas are left to grow wild and support abundant wild flowers, butterflies, bumble bees, insects and birds in the summer and winter months.

Most of the park is surrounded by large Cornish hedgerows, these are unique in themselves, since it is a man-made wildlife refuge, with everything needed for the full cycle of the life it supports. The Cornish hedge produces a seasonal succession of different species rooted between the same stones and are in filled with a variety of native trees such as ash, hazel, hawthorn, holly, maple, wild cherry and wild plum. The hedgerows are good places to look for woodland plants such as bluebells, primrose, honeysuckle, foxgloves, campion, betony, ox-eye daisy, yarrow and wild strawberry. An estimated 10,000 species of insects can be supported by the floral and habitat diversity in Cornish hedgerows. This brings mammals, birds and reptiles to forage and hide their homes and nests in the greenery and stony crevices that surround our park.

The hedgerows provide a good home for small mammals such as wood mice, short-tailed field voles, shrews, rabbits and squirrels.

In the past couple of years, we have created our nature trail, you can find many bird boxes, insect, bat, bee and hedgehog houses along the way. There is also a lovely hidden bench in which you can watch the buzzards at the top of the park looking for prey.

What can you see at Dolbeare Park?

Several areas around the site are left un-mown during the summer so that long grass and wildflowers such as the black knapweed, foxglove, ox-eye daisy and self heal can grow and set seeds. At the top of the main park by the wildlife area, we are planting Buddleia shrubs to provide a “Bellamy Butterfly Bar’ for the butterflies to feed.

Wild flowers provide nectar for adult butterflies as well as bees, beetles and flies which can be seen feeding on nectar and pollen. Many of the brown butterflies such as meadow brown, gatekeeper and ringlet have caterpillars that feed on grasses and grasshoppers also eat grass, so the long grass areas are good places to go bug hunting. You may also find an insect station, a bee house and a butterfly feeder in this area

Patches of nettles are left as food plants for the caterpillars of red admirals, peacocks and small tortoiseshells

During the summer months, there are many birds on the park in the open areas feeding from the bird feeders, robins, finches, tits, house martin, swifts, grey wagtail and magpies. Magpies are usually found under the feeders waiting for a tasty morsel. Around the park, generally in the woodland areas, it is easy to see nuthatch, thrush, wood pigeons, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds, green spotted woodpecker and occasionally a pheasant may cross your path. We also have the occasional family of Canada geese who wander by.

Soaring high above the park, buzzards can be seen. These large birds of prey are extremely common in Cornwall. Kestrels like to feed on grasshoppers and small mammals so you are likely to see this bird of prey hovering in the Paddock and occasionally dropping to the ground to catch its prey.

Early evening and dusk

At dusk, many of our native mammals emerge from their burrows and nests to feed during the night. At the top of the main park, by the wildlife area, bats, foxes, hedgehogs and owls prefer to come out at night. We have some bat boxes up in the trees and also an owl house. Barn owls (white owls) and tawny owls (brown) live in the trees to the top of the park and also in the trees behind reception.

We are truly blessed with the variety of wildlife visiting Dolbeare Park and we will continue to encourage the growth of wild flowers to form a more natural habitat.

 

 

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Information Centre

We have an extensive information centre with maps, leaflets, guides covering a wide area of both Devon and Cornwall as well as wildlife on our Park. We also have our own guides on `Where to eat', `Where to walk', `Sports and Recreation', `Beaches' and our `Suggestions Leaflet' of things you might miss.