We have a small lake here at Windmill Lodges approximately half an acre in size with an island in the middle and reed cover around the edge. With our lodges situated in a semi circle around the lake, guests can enjoy the peace and tranquillity it offers whilst spotting the varied wildlife our lake attracts.
Since installing our ‘Wildlife Watch’ notice board for our guests to jot down any animals they have spotted during their stay, we are excited to let you know that these animals have been seen. Thank you to all our guests who have told us about their sightings, its great to let future guests know what to look out for.
Little Owl Hunts at night and dawn looking for small mammals, birds, beetles and worms
Woodpecker Both a green & lesser spotted woodpecker have been seen at the lodges
Ducks & Ducklings The most we have counted at the lodges at one time is 42!
Jay Shy woodland bird, spotted in Autumn when it’s looking to eat acorns, nuts and seeds
Moorhen Is usually seen around our lake an any time of year
Robin Seen in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens all year round
Sparrow There are two species in the UK, the house and tree sparrow
Greenfinch A common countryside bird seen all year round
Great Tit The largest in the tit family, it’s green and yellow with a glossy black head and white cheeks
Small White Butterfly These can be seen from April to October and caterpillars from June to September
Wasp We have found out that they live everywhere….except Antartica!
Rabbit Many of these can be seen in the fields surrounding the lodges and on site
Hippo in the Hot Tub! We didn’t see this one personally but thank you to the guest who added it to the list!
Pigeon The most common pigeon is a wood pigeon; they like eating crops like cabbages & sprouts!
Spider Not sure what particular one was seen as there are 600+ different species in the UK.
Pheasant A large long-tailed game bird usually seen in the countryside.
Pied Wagtail Small black and white bird that likes wagging its long tail.
Heron Long-legged freshwater and coastal bird, seen at any time of the year.
Reindeer As it was Christmas week when a guest spotted this, you never know!
Dunnock Small brown and grey bird that likes to eat insects, spiders, worms and seeds.
Bullfinch Colourful birds usually found in pairs or small family groups.
Chaffinch Seen all year round across the UK. Likes to eat insects and seeds.
Jackdaw Small black crow with pale eyes. Eats insects, young birds and eggs, fruit, seeds & scraps.
Magpie These black and white birds belong to the crow family and can be seen all year round.
Blue Tit Blue, yellow, white and green bird that likes eating insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts.
Kestrel Found in a variety of habitats they eat small mammals and birds.
Toad Common animals found in the UK. This one sat on a guests picnic blanket!
Crow Medium to large birds, there are many different species belonging to the crow family.
Chicken Many different breeds of chickens can be spotted around Suffolk.
Fieldfare Large colourful thrushes, social birds that eat insects, worms and berries.
Charizard This dragon is a member of the Pokemon family!
Blackbird Males are black with bright orange beaks and females are brown! Most common UK birds.
Goldfinch Highly coloured finch with bright red face & yellow wing patch that migrates as far as Spain.
Song Thrush Popular gardens songbird that likes to eat snails.
Coal Tit Has a distinctive grey back, black cap & white patch at the back of the neck.
Kingfisher Bright blue and orange birds found near water hunting fish.
Marsh Harriers Seen over farmland, reedbeds and marshes.
Grass Snake A guest saw this being chased away by a moorhen trying to protect her babies!
Bee There are many different species of bees including bumble, orchard, honey and leaf cutter.
Corn Bunting A stout, dumpy brown bird seen all year round. Likes to eat insects and seeds.
Swift Seen April to August, a superb flier that eats flying insects and airborne spiders.
Stag Beetle The largest British terrestrial insect. Some species can grow up to 12cms!
Blue Damselfly Seen between April and September around water and lakes.
Coot Small water bird, predominantly black and closely related to moorhens.
Thank you to all our guests for their input, don’t forget to add your sightings to our noticeboard during your next stay with us.