Shandy Hall has a garden full of wildlife. Bees live in the cavity wall; swallows nest in the old stable and a swift and a starling under the eaves; bats roost in the buildings; blue-tits nest under the windowsill and wrens in the ivy. Insect life is prolific.




Rabbits, squirrels, moles, voles and mice are plentiful, and stoats, foxes and birds of prey visit. Bird species are very numerous*.


Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York, North Yorkshire YO61 4ADCurator:  Patrick Wildgust


The garden is managed with the intention of enabling the maximum diversity of living creatures to share its space, from the micro-organisms in the soil to the many human visitors who arrive each summer.




Since 2006, Shandy Hall has trapped, recorded and released moths, and discovered 420 different species . . .  and rising.  That the garden supports so many species is not due to a concentration on gardening for moths alone. The wide diversity of moth life is just one of the results of the overall philosophy and practice of natural gardening. Moths are encouraged as a vital part, and indicator, of the garden ecology and biodiversity. They are important pollinators, and food for birds and bats: part of a healthy food chain.

A comprehensive list of moths found can be seen on our Shandy Hall Moth Blog.


Elephant Hawk moth honeysucklewm


*Wild birds seen in the gardens:  barn owl, blackbird, bluetit, bullfinch, buzzard, chaffinch, chiffchaff, coal tit, collared dove, crow, cuckoo, goldcrest, goldfinch, great tit, greenfinch, jay, long-tailed tits, mistle thrush, nuthatch, partridge, pheasant, robin, rock dove, rook, song-thrush, sparrow, sparrowhawk, spotted fly-catcher, starling, swallow, swift, tawny owl, tree-creeper, pigeon, wagtail, woodpecker, wren.

There is a rookery in the wild garden.

Also seen: long eared owl, hawfinch, heron, coot, red kite.

Press article 2016

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