Clawford Nature Trail.

Animals.

Listed below are some of the Animals that can be seen at Clawford.

Badger.

Badgers can be seen throughout the summer months at Clawford.

There is a set behind the monk swim on Major John's Lake.

Badgers live off worms.

They hibernate in October and re appear in February/March. When they come out of hibernation, they make a mess all round the lakes by peeling back the grass to get the worms.

 

Door Mouse.

The Door mouse is one of the UK's Rarest animals. Conservationists believe their decline has been brought about by the disappearance of our ancient woodlands and hedgerows.

The very rare occurrence of a door mouse can be confirmed by searching for Hazelnuts in September. A door mouse nibbled Hazelnut can be confirmed by the presence of a unique tooth-marked hole in the nut they eat.

Door Mice are hard to see because they are small and Nocturnal.

Fallow Deer.

The Fallow Deer are smaller than the Red Deer and larger than the Roe Deer.

The Fallow Deer is a grazing deer.

Deer are often seen on Emery's Lake appearing from the woods to graze on new grass shoots.

They are also regularly spotted in the field above Fletchers Lake and Gregory's Lake. 

Field Mouse.

The true field mouse is the long tailed Field Mouse or sometimes know as the Wood Mouse. They have a dark brown fur and enormous eyes & ears for their size.

It traditionally roams fields, hedgerows, forests and grass lands where it can find plenty of food. They are omnivorous and will eat a range of seeds, berries, invertebrates, worms and other similar food. They are generally nocturnal animals with good hearing and vision but are still the favourite food source of Barn Owls & other carnivorous creatures.

Fox.

The Red Fox is a native of the UK and is basically a small wild dog.

The Red Fox is a highly successful animal being a predator/scavenger at the top of the food chain. The Fox has never been subject to control by predation of other species. It is very adaptable and lives mostly off earth worms, rodents, beetles, rabbits & carrion.

There are two sites where Foxes have set up home on Clawford. In the woods and lea ward behind the hedge above Edwards Lake.  They can be seen throughout the Year.

Grey Squirrel.

The Grey Squirrel is an introduced species which is now very common throughout England. Grey Squirrels build nests made of twigs and leaves (Dreys) or in holes in trees. Their main food supply is acorns, Beech mast, nuts, fruits and bulbs. They are also egg thief and are quite partial to nestlings.

They do not hibernate but are active throughout the year and can be seen in the small clump of woods behind Majors Lake and throughout the orchards all year.

Hare.

The Brown Hare is a mammal which is predominantly nocturnal and is generally found in open grassland habitats with easy access to woodlands and hedgerows.

The Hare eats grasses and herbs in summer and shrubs in the Winter.

The Brown Hare can be seen in Springtime in the orchards next to Wanda's Lake. Throughout the Summer months it can be seen regularly in the field above the Predator Lake.

Hedgehog.

The hedgehog is a nocturnal animal and lives off slugs, earwigs, millipedes, cockchafers and caterpillars. They will occasionally eat lizards, small mammals, Frogs berries and fruit.  They hibernate in nests from October to Spring.

Nests are made beneath sheds, in wood piles, compost heaps or under tree roots. 

Hedgehogs are usually solitary animals but come together in May to July to breed.

Mole.

The extremely sensitive snout of the mole is unmatched in the animal kingdom.  It is covered with a dense array of nervous receptors connected to nerve cells supported by a rich supply of blood vessels.  These are organized into structures called Eimerís organs.  In addition, the snout, paws, tail and back of the head have sensitive bristles, like cat whiskers, that aid the mole in detecting objects.

Muntjac Deer.

The Reeves or Chinese Muntjac Deer (Reeves Muntjac)  were introduced into this country just over 80 years ago and has adapted very well.

They like thick cover and eat bramble, ivy, grasses, herbs, Fruit (especially apples), nuts, berries, fungi and vegetables. They will also eat plants which are poisonous to domestic animals. They have been known to destroy a bluebell wood. Muntjac also eat flower heads, stopping the plants ability to set seed for the following year.

Rabbit.

Probably the most likely animal to be seen on a country walk is the rabbit. The Rabbit was introduced by the Normans in the early middle ages, when it was farmed for it's fur and meat.

Rabbits are vegetarians but are prey for carnivores including Foxes and Buzzards.

 

Red Deer.

The Red deer is the largest British wild land mammal and together with the Roe Deer are the only native deer species. The Stag has a body length from head to tail of 210cm and is 120 cm high to the shoulder. The hind are about 107 cm high to the shoulder.

Deer are a shy and retiring animal and prefer a woodlands.

Deer are selective feeders, they eat young leaves, shoots fungi, lichens. tree bark and fruit.

Deer are often seen on Emery's Lake appearing from the woods to graze on new grass shoots.

They are regularly spotted in the field above Fletchers Lake and Gregory's Lake.

 

 

Water Vole.

The Water Vole has a rounded body and a rich brown coat. It can be distinguished from other species by it's blunt face and noise and it's furry tail.

Water Voles are herbivores, feeding mainly on stems of waterside plants.

We are extremely lucky at Clawford as this Rare little animal has been seen on several lakes by wild life lovers. (Fletchers Lake near the bridge and Tanners Lake).

The water vole may be heard as it plops into the water when you walk along the bank.