The Lake

















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. Please note we do not allow fishing on our lake.

Its great when guests let us know what animals they have spotted during their stay and we were excited to hear 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

little owl at windmill lodges

We were very excited to spot this little owl at Windmill Lodges!


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.

Egret                             A heron with white or buff plumage

Kite                               Bird of prey that eats worms and carrion but occasionally takes small mammals.

Barn Owl                       Makes a distinctive screeching noise and yes they do sleep in abandoned barns!

Thank you to all our guests for their input, don’t forget to let us know what you have seen when you next stay with us.