Beat the January blues!
Come and have a walk around Cluny to blow away the cobwebs or possibly walk into one if you are firs..
more
Seeds still available and organised tours.

2017 Seed ListWe still have seed available by post and in march it will be available at the gard..
more
Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden
Please come early in the day if you want to see the Red Squirrels. They are fed around 0900 with haz..
more

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Beat the January blues!

Come and have a walk around Cluny to blow away the cobwebs or possibly walk into one if you are first around the garden! 

This is an excellent time to view the red squirrels which are active for much of the day due to fewer day light hours. Don't forget your camera and it is probably best to visit in the morning. Throughout January and until mid February all we ask for is a donation towards squirrel and bird food. Thank you.

Although there is obviously less colour at this time of year, the Cluny trees remain magnificent especially the Sequoiadendrons or Giant Redwoods. The barks and forms of different species of birch and cherry also stand out and of particular interest are the seed heads of the Giant Himalayan Lilies. Some of the earlier snowdrops are just beginning to appear.


 


Seeds still available and organised tours.


2017 Seed List

We still have seed available by post and in march it will be available at the garden. The 2017 list can be viewed in the "Find Out More Pages". To get a copy please email wmattingley@btinternet.com for the list and instructions.


ORGANISED TOURS

If you have the opportunity of organising a group of eight or more people (up to 20), we will happily provide a guide for free. Organised visits in the evenings can also be arranged. Larger groups of up to 30 are also welcome. We have limitations on the size of bus which can access the garden but please get in touch if want you to discuss this. We are presently taking bookings for 2018 & beyond.

 


 
 




Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden

Please come early in the day if you want to see the Red Squirrels. They are fed around 0900 with hazelnuts, pinenuts and peanuts. Apart from at the feeders, if you go around the garden quietly, taking your time you should see the squirrels foraging on the ground or scampering off up a tree. Late afternoon is another good time to spot squirrels although now we are moving into shorter days they are around throughout most of the day unless it becomes very warm.

There are a couple of brown hares in the garden and many visitors are lucky enough to spot one. There are stoats around but they are more difficult to see. We are fortunate enough to have plenty of frogs and toads which help to keep damage from slugs and snails to a minimum.

There are lots of birds around much quieter now but you might see jays or great spotted woodpeckers. It has been a good breeding season for chaffinches, siskins, robins, blackbirds and song thrushes. There is a small population of house sparrows in recent years but they leave us over the winter and don't return until May.