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Wildlife at Glen Sherup

The mix of open ground and new native woodland surrounding the reservoirs is now home to many common woodland bird species; with birds of prey such as kestrel, sparrowhawk and short-eared owl regularly seen patrolling their territory.

Maturing woodland also provides the ideal habitat and feeding opportunities for roe deer, fox, hedgehog, red squirrel, pine marten and various species of bat. Red and Sika deer, while not breeding locally, may also be seen on rare occasions.

Brown hares can be spotted too – if you’re lucky – plus rabbit, shrew and occasionally stoat and weasel on the open farmland. Vole populations are cyclical and periodically high due to the cover offered by the largely un-grazed vegetation. Otters are regularly spotted around the fringes of the reservoirs, rivers and burns, together with kingfisher and dipper.

(Photo: WTML / Amy Lewis)

From April to September ospreys are also seen visiting the neighbouring reservoirs when there’s a plentiful supply of trout. Moorland birds and waders such as curlews, lapwings and oystercatchers are common, but are likely to decline in numbers with increased woodland cover.
 
Black grouse are occasionally seen as habitat conditions become increasingly favourable as the young woodland develops. Although no formal surveys have been undertaken, there appears to be several potential lek sites establishing, particularly on the higher plateaus.

A variety of ducks, sea and river birds are seen in the area, although largely outside the property boundary in the rivers and reservoirs.

The rare Blaeberry bumble bee with its bright red-orange abdomen has also been seen.