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Spring Eco-Update from Dr. Phoebe Carter

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Everyone's favourite ecologist, Dr. Phoebe, updates us on the resident wildlife at Lower Mill and the best ways to see them this Spring

Springtime is a unique time at the estate, the House Martins return from Africa to nest forming the largest known breeding population in the UK, and the songbirds including the Nightingale and at least 6 species of warblers return to breed. Common terns can be admired as they dive for fish, and then there are the birds of prey including the Hobby hawking over the lakes as well as sightings of Osprey soaring above. Over 40 different species of birds breed at Lower Mill Estate over the Spring and Summer so there is plenty to see. This is a testament to Habitat First Group’s commitment to nature conservation and ecology which is all overseen by onsite ecologist Dr Phoebe Carter.

There are nature experiences ripe for all age groups. On the Sunset Adventure Safari guests paddle across the lagoon spotting nocturnal beavers, otters and other animals, while, for the Into The Wild Walk nocturnal nature spotting is on foot and followed by toasted marshmallows. For young children, the Miss Mouse Adventure trail features as many species on the estate as possible and sees families collect a map and then head out to find hidden treasure. Finally, for nature enthusiasts from beginners to avid twitchers, the Cotswold Birdwatching Company hold two-hour guided walks around Lower Mill Estate. Head out on 4th April for a special ‘Spring Watch’ walk or on 4th May to celebrate the upcoming National Dawn Chorus Day where the aim is to spot as many of the wonderful birds as possible and to hear the beautiful nightingale and warbler song and perhaps a cuckoo too!

A springtime visit to Lower Mill Estate is a wild experience for all the family. In addition to the nature-focussed activities, guests can head out cycling, go paddle-boarding or kayaking on the lakes, play tennis, or pop to the onsite spa for a treatment or swim before cosying down in their modern and luxurious holiday home.

Note: All images taken at Lower Mill Estate.

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