The Ox House

Five self-catering holiday cottages in a countryside/coastal location, near Clevedon, Somerset

Wildlife and Nature

Our land is rich in wildlife due to its secluded location and diverse habitat. Within our 200 acres we have open pasture, hedgerows, waterways known as rhynes, small ponds, copses and our fields adjoin the Congresbury Yeo Estuary at the sea. Avon Wildlife Trust has a sanctuary with ponds and a bird hide.

Brown Hares thrive on our land and are very commonly seen all year round along with squirrels, badgers, foxes, rabbits, a variety of bats and other mammals. Otters and Roe deer are sighted.

Bird life is abundant including groups of goldfinch, greenfinch and longtailed tit, various warblers, skylark, reed bunting, wheatear, blackcap, stonechat, linnet, bullfinch, kingfisher and cuckoo. Our apple orchard is home to woodpeckers and jays, while on the Estuary and foreshore, there are large flocks of lapwing, redshank, dunlin and curlew with oystercatchers, shelducks and little egrets. These shoreline birds move into our fields and neighbouring fields to over-winter along with Canada geese, fieldfare and redwing. Buzzards, kestrels and sparrow hawks are common. Several types of owl are seen including barn owl and long-eared owl.

Butterflies enjoy a very varied selection of wild flowers and the waterways have dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, toads, newts, fish and eels.