Roeburnscar is situated in the beautiful valley of Roeburndale on Backsbottom Organic Farm, certified by The Soil Association . The river makes it's way through ancient, semi natural woodlands, (which are an SSSI) , wildflower rich, organic, hay fields- Biological Heritage Sites, heritage varieties of apples and plums in the orchards, and rocky gorges. The wooded area leads upwards onto open access land with some upland blanket bog. There is a fantastic range of habitats for birds, insects and flowers within a 20 minute walk - the bird life includes redstarts, nuthatches , pied flycatcher, robins, heron, buzzards, hen harriers, merlin, barn owls and curlew, snipe, oyster catchers and plovers on higher land.
Deer, stoats , weasels and hares are often seen. Frogs, toads, newts and slow worms are common. The pond has great crested newts
Wildflowers give a range of scents and colours as you make your way through the woods, fells, fields and riverside. Moths and butterflies add to the abundance of this species rich valley.
Lichens liverworts, mosses, fungi and ferns add to this diversity .
At night owls, bats, badgers and foxes come out along with a great range of moths.
Birds recorded in Roeburndale Leighton Moss RSPB reserve is 20 mins drive Mammals recorded within 2km square of Roeburnscar Detailed recordsof plants and insects See also our blogs for recent sightings
For wildlife holidays elsewhere we suggest Treshnish Cottages on Mull. Jane's brother Prasad and his girlfriend Leena live and work here. See his blog for fantastic pictures. Wild Portugal Rod's brothers family run these wonderful cottages.