Wildlife & Conservation

Wildlife & Conservation

Do you have the makings of a wildlife warden? Visit our Wildlife Corner to discover how you can help look after the environment and the many animals, birds and insects that live all around us. You can also keep up to date with what’s happening at Finkley by following our conservation diary.

Wildlife Pond – Come along to the wildlife pond and see if you have what it takes to be an amphibian detective. Learn top tips on pond dipping and how to make a pond dipping net.

Bat Boxes – Discover where the bats live high up in their Bat Boxes and find out how you could make a home for bats where you live too.

Bird Hide – Head to the Bird Hide where you can grab a pair of binoculars and see what birds you can spot. Find helpful hints on how to build a nest box for your garden.

Bug World – Try and find all the different places that bugs like to hang out. Take a closer look as there’s three to find – Bug Garden, Bug Hotel and Bug Pile.

Finkley Conservation Diary


December 2021

Farmer Laura helped Andover Trees with their tree planting project.


November 2021

The Gardener stumbled across this beautiful bumblebee keeping warm in the begonias. It was safely relocated to the nearby Wildlife Corner.


October 2021

Remember the turquoise toadstools from last year? There are back… Verdigris agaric are thriving in the leaf litter this year in Wildlife Corner.


September 2021

These clouds are amazing! We had to ask a weatherman the name of them – the answer was: altocumulus castellanus (turret-like), caused by unstable moist air at 10,000-20,000 feet, signalling impending showers or thunderstorms.


August 2021

Farmer Caroline and Farmer Anna carry out some much-needed maintenance work in the overgrown Wildlife Corner and pond. Nettles and goosegrass that were taking over have been partially removed as well as the non-native pondweed.


July 2021

Scarlet Tiger Moth spotted in Wildlife Corner. Just look at those colours – you can see a glimpse of scarlet under the wings.

The play frame at the top of the barn will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, January 17th, to Friday, January 19th, to facilitate necessary improvements. Rest assured, Fowl Play, the Fire Station, and the Toddler Frame will continue to remain open during this period!