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Lovrin Wildlife

The  Lovrin Equine Ltd  pastures are literally alive with the comings and goings of the resident and visiting wildlife, as are the skies above with the incoming and outgoing flights of the local bird population;


Large numbers of rabbits are both fleetingly and blatently visible at the field margins and hedgerow bottoms, both day and night, and although myxomatosis thins out the population in some years, 2015 seems to be a bumper year for youngsters. W01-Rabbit A good countryman would cull a few dozen, but so long as they continue to be dissuaded from burrowing in the open grasslands they remain a welcome mainstay of Lovrin pastures scenery. W02-Hare Brown hares, almost always present not so long ago, no longer seen as often. Often not spotted until almost trodden on as they freeze in stationary pose behind a tuft of grass, thinking themselves thereby rendered invisible. Muntjac Not on the Lovrin site itself, but a very rare sighting, just before 6am on Tuesday 16th Oct. 2018, a sole Muntjac deer grazing quietly on the verge just outside the Wymeswold village edge on Hoton Road. A doe I think, she slipped into the roadside undergrowth and disappeared upon my approach.

Foxes are frequent visitors, as the remains of their night feasts often attest during early morning sweeps of  Lovrin  paddocks, and daylight encounters are also not at all uncommon. A ball of wood pigeon feathers or a detached rabbit head is all that most often marks a fox's breakfast plate, but the variety of their victims is broad with the occassional lamb's tail also found discarded in their wake.  W04-Feral Cat
A variety of feral cats from the adjacent farm, and house cats from the adjacent housing estate, also routinely prowl the hedgerow bottoms, and small birds, rabbits and rodents needs must stay healthy and sharp to survive. Grey Squirrel 2016 has ushered in a slightly changed environment around the stables in that, for the first time in quite a while, we have no expert ratter, commonly known as a Jack Russel, in regular attendance. This new safer stable complex has attracted in the occassional visiting grey squirrrel for the very first time.


W05-Crow W06-Magpie Birds in evidence in some numbers, every day of every season on Lovrin paddocks, include carrion crows, magpies and wood pigeons, while blackbirds and sparrows are also commonplace. W07-Wood Pigeon W08-Blackbird W09-Sparrows

W10-Pied Wagtail                W11-Pheasant
Pied wagtails are another well established year round resident species, which are often seen searching the paddocks in ones and twos, sometimes in small flocks, darting here and there in-between horses legs and inspecting droppings for tasty morsels. In smaller numbers, there are year round resident populations of pheasants, french (red legged) partidges, stock doves and collared doves, as well as coots and moorhens. W12-French Partridge       W13-Stock Dove       W14-Collared Dove      W15-Coot        W16-Moorhen

Year round visitors include lone kestrels, and although plumage variations indicate that we are seeing birds of both sexes at Lovrin, their solitary nature makes it difficult to know just how many birds are visiting. We have seen more birds in past years though than are currently visiting. W17-Kestrel Male W18-Kestrel Female The smaller male has a blue grey head and tail, while the female's upper parts are brown with black markings. Most commonly sighted in trade mark pose, hovering almost motionless above the  Lovrin Equine Ltd paddocks and scouring the ground for small live prey, much as they do above local hedgerows and roadside verges, they also perch routinely on favoured trees, fencelines and field shelters. 

The  Lovrin Equine Ltd paddocks see winter flocks of starlings beyond counting, and in some years small flocks of some tens of yellow hammers in spring and summer, each in their turn systematically grazing the paddocks alongside horses. Each spring the swallows return and swoop low in formation, whistling as they perform their aerial acrobatics down along and around the grass fields, and often by sixes or eights, snatching flies and other insects hovering over the grasses. Skylarks were commonplace ten years ago, and were a very welcome feature of the Lovrin pastures, but sightings have been relatively scarce since about 2010, although in 2014 there were multiple sightings in the spring, skylarks high in the skies whistling their anthems again after a seemingly long and much regretted absence.

W19-Starling W20-Yellowhammer W21-Swallow W22-Skylark W24-Goldfinch W25-Redwing W27-Little Owl

The less common and occassional visitors to the  Lovrin  site in recent times have included a pair of gold finch, a redwing and a little owl. Grey wagtails have been seen, and jackdaws which were once only occasionally with us are commonplace in numbers in 2015. Blue tits, great tits and chaffinches are generally in the vicinity but perhaps less easily spotted as they dart around in the thick hedgerows. 

W23-Grey Wagtail W26-Jackdaw W28-Blue Tit W29-Great Tit W30-Chaffinch

W31-Mallard  W35 Grey Heron A duck and two drake mallards became daily visitors to Lovrin's small copse covered pond in the spring of 2008, while the same combination appeared again in 2010, and although the pond has been dry at some times since, mallards have been seen again in 2013 and 2015. An occasional grey heron is also seen despite no fish in the pond.  W34 Linnet  A beautiful lone linnet was spotted in July 2008, and that autumn a large flock of canada geese settled on arable land adjacent to Lovrin paddocks for something over a week.  W36-Canada Goose

The most notable sighting of 2009, 4 or 5 green plover (otherwise known as lapwing or peewit) spotted early on Boxing Day morning. Lapwing An exciting early sighting in 2010, a brief glimpse of a yellow wagtail on 1st May. There were half a dozen in April 2013, and another pair arrived in the spring of 2015 for a time alongside some of their pied cousins. Yellow Wagtail
We have been blesses with regular visits by Buzzards, often in small groups of 2, 3 or 4 birds, since 2011. In 2014 we were further blessed when a pair of Buzzards nested and raised a single chick on the site. Unfortunately though, the pair have not returned to nest again in 2015. Buzzard The first sighting of a green woodpecker on the morning of 10th June 2015 was thought to be a rare and  fleeting occurrence. However, further sightings in the intervening period have enabled the bird's call to be witnessed along with a sighhting, and hence recognised as a call we have been hearing regularly for some considerable time. Clearly this is a resident, not a visitor, but one who stays hidden most of the time. Green Woodpecker

Unfortunately not seen on the Lovrin site, but rather seen flitting between rocks on a small natural wier by a road bridge, where Brooksby Road crosses the Wreake river at Brooksby, my first ever UK siting of a Little Egret on a sunny Sunday, May 15th, 2016.
w40 - egret An amazing sight this morning, Friday 23rd June, 2017. A lone bird of prey (spread finger feathers at tips of wings), flying high, but not overly so. Tacking left and right, surveying the ground, as it journeyed almost straight South. A much lighter build in the body than a Buzzard, but  much larger than a Kestrel. A very elegant looking bird, long in the body, wings very long but narrow, and a forked tail. Flying, rather than riding the wind, it's mode of flight was smooth and easy - as if effortless. I couldn't detect colours given the height, but don't know of anything other than a Kite that would meet the description, and I have heard that Red Kites are not uncommon beyond Melton / within 15 to 20 miles of us.

red kite 28th February 2018, a flock of 20 plus birds came down on snow covered paddocks, a sole lapwing, the rest half the thrush like Redwings and the other half striking looking Fieldfares with grey heads, dark brown wings & black tails. They were all very busy running around and 'grazing' the paddocks for titbits (worms ?) Fieldfare


Our one copse covered pond is mostly well overgrown, and although the most likely spot for reptilian life, is neither regularly nor overly closely inspected. However, out on the paddocks, and in the wake of a number of consecutive days of persistent heavy rain in the summer of 2007, there was one close encounter with a sizeable Grass Snake 'swimming' through the grass, and which had mistaken the site for a paddy field ! Grass Snake September 2016 and a big fat frog sits out on the paddocks begging for it's photo to be taken. A Common Frog, no less, and just one of a great many frogs which have 'grazed' the paddocks this year. This is the actual frog photographed on-site, not just a sample of the species photo as most others on this page. Common Frog

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