At Coton Reserve you can find a variety of lowland countryside habitats including ponds, streams, meadows, orchards, hedgerows and woodland copse, alongside wildlife friendly farm habitats including grassland and field margins.

Many of these habitats have only been created in the last 10-15 years and are still maturing.

The farmland on the Reserve is managed by our tenant farmer to provide habitats for wildlife, such as field margins and Skylark plots. This work is supported through a Higher Level Countryside Stewardship grant.

Spring

Brown Hares boxing. Barn Owls, Little Owls and Tawny Owls hunting at dawn and dusk. The chattering song of Lesser Whitethroat from mature hedges and Skylarks drifting over the fields.

Summer

Bee and Common Spotted Orchids in the grassland areas. Goldfinches feeding on thistle seed heads. Butterflies in the meadows such as Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Comma and Large Skipper.

Autumn

Vibrant autumn leaf colours from the hedgerows and orchard trees. Redwings, Fieldfares and other thrushes feeding on apples in the orchards and berries in the hedges.

Winter

Flocks of Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits moving along the hedgerows in search of food. In freezing weather you might flush a Snipe or Woodcock from the steam.

We carry out a range of habitat management work at Coton Reserve throughout the year, including cutting and grazing meadows, thinning and coppicing young woodlands, pruning orchards and hedge laying. During the autumn and winter you can help us with this work by joining one of our volunteer work parties (click for details).