Explore Our Wildlife
We hope that all guests staying at Rivermead will make the most of the stunning scenery and wildlife. There are regular visitors to spot, or listen out for, like the red deer, Canadian wild geese, frogs, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, herons, blue tits, nuthatches, tawny owls and finches but Rivermead is also home to foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, toads, woodpeckers, kingfishers, soaring buzzards and otters. They are harder to find but it’s the most wonderful feeling when you do come across one of these beautiful wild creatures.
There’s a hide down by the lakeside with lots of information about the birds you might see. Look out for the heron silently poised in the rushes or the visiting cormorant balanced at the top of a tree. The River Fowey provides the most tranquil focal point for a walk along its banks to the lake. The bank is often steep in parts and there are regular tracks showing where the deer cross the water into the fields opposite. If you’re very quiet and still, you may see a trout or salmon darting past, or floating warily in the shadows and eddies.
Take It All In
As well as the fauna, Rivermead is a plant-lover’s paradise throughout the year. There’s a huge variety of daffodils and tulips on display in March, primroses in April, carpets of violets, wood anemones, bluebells and tri-cornered leeks in May, rhododendrons, irises, camellias, azaleas, crocosmias, foxgloves, hydrangeas, water lillies and roses in the summer, as well as heather, gorse, hazel and copses of beech.
There’s so much to take in, so much to do and such enjoyment to be had from switching off and simply appreciating the nature around you. Kenneth Grahame is said to have been inspired to write The Wind in the Willows whilst enjoying the Fowey Estuary at Lerryn, just a few miles from Rivermead. How will you be inspired?