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Our Wildlife

At Cream o’ Galloway we farm in a way that prioritises biodiversity.  Take a walk along our nature trails and you should spot an abundance of wildlife.  

Our planted hedgerows and maintained dykes provide a haven for wildlife create important habitat for birds, small mammals and insects.  We no longer use pesticides or herbicides so wildflowers thrive in our pastures and offer safe refuge to countless bumblebees, dragonflies and butterflies. In our native woodland you might even catch sight of a flash of red as one of the endangered red squirrels darts up a tree.  

Our farm is teeming with life and we have worked with environmental organisations to record and document the species that are found on our farm. Following species surveys two large areas of our farm were designated as Local Wildlife Sites, a nationally recognised designation for areas of land that are especially important for wildlife. Here’s what’s been spotted at Cream o’ Galloway so far!

  • Bank Vole
  • Brown Hare
  • Brown Long-eared Bat
  • Common Pipistrelle Bat
  • Eurasian Badger
  • Eurasian Common Shrew
  • Eurasian Red Squirrel
  • European Mole
  • European Otter
  • European Rabbit
  • Red Fox
  • Roe Deer
  • Field Vole
  • Long Tailed Shrew
  • Weasel
  • Stoat
  • Adder
  • Common Frog
  • Common Lizard
  • Common Toad
  • Smooth Newt
  • Barn Owl
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Bullfinch
  • Curlew
  • Dunnock
  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Greylag Goose
  • Houe Martin
  • House Sparrow
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Linnet
  • Little Grebe
  • Mallard
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Red Kite
  • Redstart
  • Shelduck
  • Skylark
  • Song Thrush
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Starling
  • Stockdove
  • Swallow
  • Wheater
  • Whitethroat
  • Willow Warbler
  • Yellowhammer
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Blackbird
  • Blackcap
  • Blue Tit
  • Buzzard
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chaffinch
  • Chiffchaff
  • Coal Tit
  • Collared Dove
  • Common Redpoll
  • Crows
  • Eurasian Jackdaw
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Eurasian Teal
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Eurasian Treecreeper
  • European Goldfinch
  • European Robin
  • Fieldfare
  • Garden Warbler
  • Goldcrest
  • Golden Eagle
  • Goldfinch
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greenfinch
  • Grey Heron
  • Grey Partridge
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Hedge Accentor
  • Herring Gull
  • Kestrel
  • Lesser Redpoll
  • Lesser Whitethroat
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Merlin
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Moorhen
  • Mute Swan
  • Nuthatch
  • Peregrine
  • Pheasant
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Raven
  • Red Kite
  • Redwing
  • Reed Bunting
  • Rook
  • Sedge Warbler
  • Snipe
  • Starling
  • Stock Pigeon
  • Stonechat
  • Swift
  • Tawny Owl
  • Whinchat
  • Whooper Swan
  • Wigeon
  • Winter Wren
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Woodpeckers
  • Wren
  • Common Blue
  • Green-veined White
  • Large Skipper
  • Large White
  • Meadow Brown
  • Northern Brown Argus
  • Orange-tip
  • Painted Lady
  • Peacock
  • Red Admiral
  • Ringlet
  • Small Copper
  • Small Heath
  • Small Tortoiseshell
  • Small White
  • Wall
  • Barred Umber
  • Brown Silver-line
  • Clouded Drab
  • Common Lutestring
  • Common White Wave
  • Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
  • Diarsia
  • Early Thorn
  • Engrailed
  • Flame Carpet
  • Foxglove Pug
  • Hebrew Character
  • Latticed Heath
  • Little Emerald
  • Lychnis
  • Nut-tree Tussock
  • Pale-shouldered Brocade
  • Red Twin-spot Carpet
  • Scalloped Hazel
  • Scorched Wing
  • Silver Y
  • Silver-ground Carpet
  • Small Phoenix
  • Speckled Yellow
  • Streamer
  • Treble Lines
  • Water Carpet
  • White Ermine
  • Annual Meadow-grass
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Barren Brome
  • Blackthorn
  • Bluebell
  • Bogbean
  • Bramble
  • Branched Bur-reed
  • Broad-leaved Dock
  • Broad-leaved Willowherb
  • Broom
  • Bugle
  • Burnet Rose
  • Cat's-ear
  • Cleavers
  • Cock's-foot
  • Common Bent
  • Common Bird's-foot-trefoil
  • Common Chickweed
  • Common Dog-violet
  • Common Duckweed
  • Common Hemp-nettle
  • Common Knapweed
  • Common Mouse-ear
  • Common Nettle
  • Common Poppy
  • Common Ragwort
  • Common Sorrel
  • Common Spike-rush
  • Common Spotted-orchid
  • Compact Rush
  • Cowslip
  • Creeping Buttercup
  • Creeping Soft-grass
  • Creeping Thistle
  • Crested Dog's-tail
  • Cuckooflower
  • Curled Dock
  • Cut-leaved Crane's-bill
  • Daisy
  • Deschampsia cespitosa
  • Dove's-foot Crane's-bill
  • Downy Birch
  • Elder
  • Enchanter's-nightshade
  • English Stonecrop
  • False Oat-grass
  • Field Forget-me-not
  • Floating Sweet-grass
  • Foxglove
  • Germander Speedwell
  • Glaucous Dog-rose
  • Gorse
  • Great Willowherb
  • Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil
  • Greater Plantain
  • Greater Stitchwort
  • Greater Tussock-sedge
  • Ground-ivy
  • Groundsel
  • Hawthorn
  • Hazel
  • Heath Bedstraw
  • Heath Groundsel
  • Heath Speedwell
  • Hedge Woundwort
  • Hemlock Water-dropwort
  • Herb-Robert
  • Hieracium
  • Hogweed
  • Knotgrass
  • Lady's Bedstraw
  • Lesser Burdock
  • Lesser Celandine
  • Lesser Stitchwort
  • Lesser Trefoil
  • Marsh Foxtail
  • Marsh Pennywort
  • Marsh Thistle
  • Meadow Buttercup
  • Meadow Fescue
  • Meadow Vetchling
  • Meadowsweet
  • Moschatel
  • Nipplewort
  • Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage
  • Oval Sedge
  • Oxeye Daisy
  • Perennial Rye-grass
  • Pignut
  • Pineappleweed
  • Prickly Sow-thistle
  • Primrose
  • Ranunculus flammula subsp. flammula
  • Raspberry
  • Red Bartsia
  • Red Campion
  • Red Clover
  • Redshank
  • Ribwort Plantain
  • Rosebay Willowherb
  • Rough Meadow-grass
  • Rowan
  • Sanicle
  • Sea Pearlwort
  • Selfheal
  • Sessile Oak
  • Shepherd's-purse
  • Sherard's Downy-rose
  • Skullcap
  • Slender St John's-wort
  • Smooth Hawk's-beard
  • Smooth Sow-thistle
  • Soft-Brome
  • Spear Thistle
  • Square-stalked Willowherb
  • Sticky Mouse-ear
  • Sun Spurge
  • Sweet Vernal-grass
  • Sycamore
  • Taraxacum officinale agg.
  • Timothy
  • Tormentil
  • Trailing St John's-wort
  • Tufted Vetch
  • Two-rowed Barley
  • Upright Hedge-parsley
  • Violet
  • Water Forget-me-not
  • Water Mint
  • White Clover
  • Wild Strawberry
  • Wood Anemone
  • Wood Avens
  • Wood Dock
  • Wood Sage
  • Woodruff
  • Wood-sedge
  • Wood-sorrel
  • Yarrow
  • Yellow Iris
  • Yellow Pimpernel
  • Yorkshire-fog
  • Zigzag Clover
  • Bracken
  • Broad Buckler-fern
  • Male-fern
  • Alder Bracket
  • Amethyst Deceiver
  • Birch Polypore
  • Birch Woodwart
  • Blue Edge Pinkgill
  • Burgendydrop Bonnet
  • Candlesnuff
  • Clouded Funnel
  • Dark Honey Fungus
  • Deer Shield
  • Dung Roundhead
  • Glistening Inkcap
  • Golden Waxcap
  • Hazel Glue Crust
  • Hazel Woodwart
  • Horsehair Parachute
  • King Alfred's Cakes
  • Meadow Waxcap
  • Nitrous Waxcap
  • Phallus impudicus var. impudicus
  • Psathyrella candolleana
  • Purple Jellydisc
  • Snowy Waxcap
  • Stinkhorn
  • Sulphur Tuft
  • The Deceiver
  • Vermillion Waxcap

...plus an abundance of dragonflies, damsel flies, beetles, spiders, soil invertebrates and other insects, too many to mention but each of them contributing to the rich and varied ecosystem of our farm.