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Downhead is home to a wide variety of native Flora and Fauna, and whether common or rare, we aim to promote and protect each and every species by giving them the necessary habitats within which to thrive. We have ancient ridge and furrow, species rich zero input grassland full of wildflowers, 17kms of native grass borders with their abundance of often rare wildflowers, Beetlebanks and ponds, a Medieval village site (Scheduled Monument) that is mentioned in the Doomsday Book as part of the Muchelney Abbey Estate, complete with its village fishpond.  An old White Lias quarry, full of Pyramidal Orchids and Oxeye Daisies, and ancient woodland.  This really is, wonderful, wild Somerset.
  • Buzzard
  • Pheasant
  • Stock Dove
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Collared Dove
  • Cuckoo
  • Swallow
  • Robin
  • Blackbird
  • Song Thrush
  • Blackcap
  • Whitethroat
  • Lesser Whitethroat
  • Blue Tit
  • Jackdaw
  • Great Tit
  • Mistle thrush
  • Linnet
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Kestrel
  • Skylark
  • Wren
  • Magpie
  • Mallard
  • Carrion Crow
  • House Sparrow
  • Chaffinch
  • Raven
  • Goldfinch
  • Greenfinch
  • Bullfinch
  • Dunnock
  • Grey Heron
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Yellowhammer
  • Brown Long-eared Bat
  • Serotine Bat
  • Barn Owl
  • Hobby
  • Bittern (Migratory)
  • Swift
  • Redwing
  • Lapwing
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Raven
  • French Partridge
  • Hare
  • Roe Deer
  • Badger
  • Fox
  • Field Shrew
  • Field Mouse
  • Vole
  • Greater Crested Newt

 

                                   
  • Betonica officinalis (Betony)
  • Campanula glomerata (Clustered Bellflower)
  • Lotus corniculatus (Birdsfoot Trefoil)
  • Helianthemum nummularium (Common Rock-rose
  • Primula veris (Cowslip)
  • Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort)
  • Succisa pratensis (Devil's-bit Scabious)
  • Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright)
  • Centaurea scabiosa (Greater Knapweed)
  • Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell)  
  • Plantago media (Hoary Plantain)
  • Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney Vetch)
  • Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw)
  • Origanum vulgare (Wild Marjoram)
  • Leontodon hispidus (Rough Hawkbit)
  • Poterium sanguisorba ssp sanguisorba (Salad Burnet)
  • Scabiosa columbaria (Small Scabious)
  • Festuca ovina (Sheep's Fescue)
  • Cynosurus cristatus (Crested Dogstail)
  • Phleum bertolonii (Smaller Cat's-tail)
  • Poa pratensis (Smooth-stalked Meadow-grass)
  • Festuca rubra (Slender Red Fescue)
  • Agrostis capillaris (Common Bent)
  • Anthoxanthum odoratum (Sweet Vernal-grass)
  • Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy)
  • Lotus corniculatus (Birdsfoot Trefoil)
  • Trifolium pratense (Wild Red Clover)
  • Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
  • Agrimonia eupatoria (Agrimony)
  • Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal)
  • Daucus carota (Wild Carrot)
  • Centaurea nigra (Common Knapweed)
  • Clinopodium vulgare (Wild Basil)
  • Rhinanthus minor (Yellow Rattle)
  • Genista tinctoria (Dyers Greenweed)
  • Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)  
  • Glebionis segetum (Corn Marigold)
  • Agrostemma githago (Corn Cockle)
  • Anthemis arvensis (Corn Chamomile)
  • Papaver rhoeas (Common Poppy)
  • Bupleurum rotundifolium (Thorow-wax)
  • Dactylorhiza fuchsia (Common Spotted Orchid)
  • Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramidal Orchid)
  • Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid)
  • Dipsacus fullonum (Teasel)
  • Tragopogon spp.(Goats Beard)
  • Ajuga reptans (Bugle)
  • Lathyrus pratensis (Meadow Vetchling)
  • Wooly Thistle
  • Slender Tare
  • Grass Vetchling
  • Common Sedge
  • Carnation Sedge
  • Black Knapweed
  • Greater Knapweed
  • Spindle
  • Hazel
  • Dogwood
  • Field Maple
  • Wayfaring Tree
  • Wild Privet
  • Hawthorn
  • Blackthorn
  • Common Buckhorn
  • Elm
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Burnet Saxifrage
  • Yellow Wort
  • Glaucous Sedge
  • Ancient Oaks
  • Sunflower
  • Millet
  • Sorghum
  • Triticale
  • Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid)
  • Platanthera chlorantha (Greater Butterfly-orchid)
  • Dactylorhiza praetermissa (Southern Marsh Orchid)
  • Primula vulgaris (Primrose)

 

   

 

 

Greater Crested Newts, Hobbies, Dyers Green Wode ( Dyers Greenweed ), an abundance of Hares, Deer, Brown Hairstreak, Essex Skipper, Silver Washed Fritillary,an extraordinary volume of Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers,Ringlets, Orchids, Swifts and Swallows, Skylarks, Redwings, our regular migrating Bittern that frequents our Saxon fishpondthat once supported the inhabitants of the Dingle Dell Saxon Village. All Woodpeckers, Yellowhammers, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels, barn owls, Ravens, Field mice, voles, badgers, foxes, Bees,