Twitching at Tremfan Lodge Park
With an abundance of woodlands, shrubs, hedges, grass, and plants we are pleased that Tremfan Lodge Park is home, not only 20 unique lodges but also, much wildlife. With a clear planting scheme set under the guidance of Peter, our groundsman, we continue to develop the park to ensure our owners and wildlife can harmoniously co-habit. Birds always rank highly amongst our most popular inhabitants and visitors so whilst you are in and around Tremfan Lodge Park why not look out for some of our favourite feathered friends.
The likelihood is that you will hear this medium sized black and white woodpecker before you see it. The great-spotted woodpecker with its strong beak and shock-absorbing head drums against the trees to communicate, dig out insects and larvae to and make a nest. You can find them in the woodlands at Tremfan Lodge Park but if you are lucky, they occasionally pop down to the bird feeders to see what our owners have left out for them.
If you see a rather eccentric grey and rust coloured bird with a black stripe around its eyes climbing headfirst down tree trunks then it’s likely to be the nuthatch. This compact and stocky bird looks like Zorro and moves like Spiderman! Thanks to its strong toes, it is the only British bird that can zip both up and down tree trunks. As well as the distinct movement, nuthatches can be noisy neighbours. They use their distinct voice to ward off other birds and call to each other, and their strong beaks to crack nuts and seeds and remove bark to reveal hidden invertebrates.
Rather than looking up at the trees for birds or on the feeders, look down at our lawn and car park areas. Here you will often see a pied wagtail looking for insects, worms, seeds, and larvae. Unsurprisingly, you can spot them by their frantically wagging black and white tails as they move sprightly around the ground. If you look over our fences into our neighbouring fields there are often cattle grazing. Pied wagtails can be seen following the cattle or will even perched on the back of a passing cow as they make the most of the surrounding insects.
Flying at 300km, this large powerful bird of prey is the fastest animal but you won’t need to be that fast to spot one. These falcons can be seen sitting high up waiting patiently to make their assault on their prey below. As they swoop down their long wide blue grey pointed wings, barbed body, white chin, and neck look unique in flight. Their bright yellow talons and beak do their work on the unsuspecting wading birds, pigeons, and small birds below. Watch them flying elegantly between Tremfan Lodge Park and Llanbedrog Headland as they scan the coastal landscape below.
With so many coastal birds in Llanbedrog and around the Llyn Peninsula, we are sure you will be able to spot all these and many more outstanding bird species. For more information check out the National Trust Guide to Birdsong and Bird Spotting and the RSPB Guide to Bird Watching.