People love to watch wildlife at Blackdown Yurts. During the day lose yourself in the glorious birdsong, watch the swallows swoop after insects, and the buzzards soar on the thermals. Look for butterflies and other bugs in the meadow and on the steeps. You may be lucky to spot a deer or fox. There are quite often ewes and lambs in the field adjacent to the yurt field.
Explore nature of the night-time in the form of bats and owls. Katie has bat detectors you can borrow and can lead you on a guided walk to listen to bats feeding over the ponds at the farm. We have at least five different species of bats and listening to their echolocation opens up a whole new world of wonder.
Take a peek at this video to hear pipistrelle and Daubenton's bats echolocating as they feed of the pond with a bit of bonus owl screeching at the end:
2018 was the first time we had tawny owls nesting in the owl box in the storage barn. We think they reared three babies. You may hear them calling to one another at night and perhaps even spot one swooping around.
May and June are the best months for wildflowers. We have bluebells in the lane leading to the yurts and lots of other hedgerow and meadow plants that you can enjoy. Katie is just learning their names herself, but, one thing is for sure, they are stunningly pretty. In Autumn you can spot some fantastic fungi.
"Rustic and relaxing. Wonderful, isolated, rural setting. No light pollution at all so the night skies were amazing. Bat walk with Katie and a bat detector was a highlight!"