Wildlife

The Cambridgeshire countryside is teeming with wildlife and Hawthorn Cottage sees some frequent visitors. The past two summers have seen baby rabbits squeezing through the fence to nibble away at the lawn and this year we've been blessed with daily sightings of green woodpeckers. One of our favourite sights is that of a barn owl gliding stealthily over grassland on the still summer nights, among the many birds of prey spotted in the surrounding fields along with kestrels, buzzards and marsh harriers.

There are many families of foxes in the local area and if you're fortunate you may see cubs playing in the grass through the summer months. Summertime is also the perfect time to spot hares darting around the wheat fields and we've seen an ever growing herd of deer whilst out walking the dogs. Wildlife photographers love visiting the fens and we're lucky to have an extended golden hour thanks to the unobstructed views of the sunset.

Hawthorn Cottage is close to the Ouse Washes and during the winter months flocks of migratory birds can be seen on the surrounding fields and marshes. Be sure to visit the Welney Wetland Center to view swans, kingfishers and wading birds. The wetland centre attracts many rare birds including ospreys and even sea eagles, however due to their endangered status sightings are elusive.