A nature reserve is thrilled after spotting two rare species on site.

Both a trio of wild hedgehogs and an endangered bird have been sighted at Daws Hall Nature Reserve in Lamarsh.

Iain Grahame, founder of the Daws Hall Trust, reports: “Having not seen a wild hedgehog here for well over 30 years we were thrilled to see no less than three of these rare creatures recently in the fenced area of this garden.

“The only possible explanation is that they were able to crawl through the wire when very small. Having gorged themselves on snails, slugs and earthworms they were then too big to get out.

“Plenty to report on the bird front too. 

“First, one pair of endangered red-breasted geese kept with other waterfowl here have hatched and raised six young goslings. 

“Recent sightings on the reserve include peregrine falcon, hobby and otter.”

Daws Hall is a registered charity which provides environmental education for schoolchildren of all ages and maintains and uses a 25-acre nature reserve for conservation of the environment and education for people of all ages.

The last open days at Daws Hall this year are 10am to 3pm on Sunday, October 23, and Sunday, November 6.

Visitors can enjoy wonderful autumnal colours, with refreshments available from 11am, honey for sale and activities for children.

Parking is free. No dogs are allowed.