You're quite likely to spot anything from roe deer to pipstrelle bats and red squirrels during your stay.
Wildlife and biodiversity is encouraged at Brackenrigg. Brackenrigg House and Brackenrigg Barn have been awarded with a Natural England sponsored Biodiversity Award. Brackenrigg is a case study in Natural England’s influential ‘Natural Economy’ Report.
Brackenrigg is fortunate to have a number of pipistrelle birds, mammals, insects, spiders and amphibians visitors here and we do our best to provide them with the habitats they need.
There are four red squirrels that usually visit daily. Two with bushy light brown tails and two with almost bronze coloured tails. There are four feeders close to the holiday cottages so you can watch the squirrels from your windows.
Brackenrigg’s badgers are particularly active in early autumn and have been known to come into the gardens regularly during this time. They have several large sets in the woods. Shy and nocturnal, you need to be out at dusk and keep very quiet to see them!
Roe deer are regularly seen in the woods at Brackenrigg. There are also large red deer with wonderful antlers that come into the woodland and meadow area at twilight mainly in the spring and autumn.
There are pipistrelle and long eared bats in the house. You may see them at twilight, and children may hear them through the summer months catching insects on the wing.
The owls, both tawny and barn, are testament to the abundance of small mammals here at Brackenrigg. You may hear both owls at night, and often if you’re back late in the evening you’ll surprise the owls into swooping across the drive-way.
You may see buzzards and kestrels during the day. There are lots of other birds of prey such as buzzards, peregrines which nest near by, and sparrowhawks. One guest staying in Brocklebeck helped identify over 40 different birds here, many regular visitors to the feeders. For the nature lovers amongst you, you can borrow binoculars to view them.
Insect life is encouraged with a new flower border for bees and butterflies and for a variety of insects.
The woodland is managed with a light touch allowing fallen branches to lie to encourage insects, fungi and refuge for all manner of fauna and flora. We hope you’ll enjoy the woodland. You can explore the new pathways and picnic areas. 3,000 new native trees have been planted in the field. The fell banks are full of wild flowers in spring and summer. These are strimmed just once a year to encourage wild flowers. Spring time is particularly spectacular as the banks are full of daffodils and bluebells.