Wildlife & Art
Everyday we enjoy wonderful wildlife in and around our vineyard and this has inspired our label designs.
Our still wine range features a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, a Dandelion and a Common Blue Butterfly and the first of our sparkling wine bottles proudly displays a Barn Owl – all regularly sighted here and painted for us by talented local artist Louise Body.
We plan to involve other local artistic talent in the future as well as celebrating the wealth of flora and fauna that makes our local environment so uniquely vibrant.
Louise trained in Fine art-painting and graduated from Nottingham University in 1996. In 2002 as part of an exhibition about domestic environments, Louise hand printed some wallpaper which was about the British obsession with tea drinking.
Now the commonest and most widespread UK bird of prey. It is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow ‘V’ and the tail is fanned. Their plaintive mewing call could be mistaken for a cat.
The Green Woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain. It has a heavy-looking body, short tail and a strong, long bill. It is green on its upperparts with a paler belly, bright yellow rump and red on the top of its head. The black ‘moustache’ has a red centre in males. They have an undulating flight and a loud, laughing call.
Common Blue Butterfly
Living up to its name, this butterfly is the commonest blue found in the British Isles. While the male has bright blue uppersides, the female is primarily brown, with a highly variable amount of blue. This is the most widespread Lycaenid found in the British Isles and can be found almost anywhere, including Orkney.
The barn owl has a heart-shaped face, pure white under parts and a light brown back and wingsbuff back and wings and pure white underparts, it can be a haunting sight flying at night but the the barn owl is a distinctive and much-loved countryside bird. Widely distributed across the UK, the barn own has been affected by pesticides and is in decline.
Taraxacum officinale, common Dandelions grow in all kinds of grasslands from lawns to roadside verges, pastures to traditional meadows and is beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects.