kingfisher sitting on a branch holding a brook lamprey

Butterwell Farm is a 44 acre estate on the River Camel, ideal for bird watching in Cornwall. With no access roads other than a small single track, it is one of the most tranquil places you could find in Cornwall. The estate is preserved predominantly for wildlife and has a huge variety of habitats for resident bird species. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has ancient woodlands, deciduous plantations, typical marsh and flood plain habitats, as well as normal river valley areas, grassland and managed gardens.

Our guests regularly see fifty species in their stay including kingfishers, dippers and grey wagtails nesting on the river. Tawny owls and two species of woodpecker nest in the trees surrounding the properties, and wild ducks and geese nest on our marshes. Waders such as greenshank and snipe are also seasonal visitors. The wild ponds attract normal migrant duck species. Deeper in the woods buzzards, treecreepers, mistle thrushes, jays and other corvids abound. The managed garden feeders situated in each property garden can have a very large range of visitors including coal, willow and marsh tits as well as the normal varieties. Nuthatch and greater spotted woodpeckers are also regular visitors, and the sparrow hawk and peregrine often pay a visit! The barns and outbuildings provide ideal nesting places for swallows and barn owls who share lodgings with our resident bats. Swifts are constantly screeching overhead on fair early summer days.

Species seen at Butterwell include the following. Serious birders will see many others! Let us know what you see on your next visit to Butterwell Farm.

Barn Owl, Bitten, Blackbird, Backcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Cormorant, Crow, Cuckoo, Dipper, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goosander, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Green Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Grey Wagtail, Hedge Sparrow, Herring Gull, Hobby, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jay, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Tit, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Osprey, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant, Peregrine Falcon, Raven, Red Kite, Redwing, Reed Warbler, Robin, Siskin, Snipe, Song Thrush, Sparrow Hawk, Spotted Flycatcher, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift, Tawny Owl, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Water Rail, White fronted goose, Whitethroat, Willow Tit, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Yellow Hammer, Yellow Wagtail.


Scroll down for our Kingfisher Cabin guest bird log.

Kingfisher Cabin Guest Bird Log:

Recently guest bird enthusiasts have been tracking their bird sightings at Kingfisher Cabin. We thought it would be fun to keep a record of this and we would love from future guests in any of our properties to let us know what they’ve spotted at Butterwell Farm for our records. We have put the Collins Complete Guide to British Birds in each property to help you identify what you spot. And don’t forget the fantastic free bird app Merlin ID App.

23rd March 2024 | Ian & Mel Baughurst

Buzzard m&f
Canada geese
Mallard ducks m&f
Pheasant m&f
Nuthatch m&f
Blue tit
Coal tit
Great tit
Marsh tit
Chaffinch m&f
Sparrow m&f
Hedge sparrow
Jay m&f
Blackbird m&f
Lesser spotted woodpecker m&f
We also saw bats and a fox and newly born spring lambs.
Such an achievement in a short space of time!!
Hope to return in the future to add more birds to our list.

4th April 2024 | Melanie & Nick Beall

Heard…Tawny Owl

Long tailed tit
marsh tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Coal tit
Bull finch
Wood pigeon

Bird app recorded a firecrest!

3rd-6th May 2024 | Sue & Steve Cartwright

House sparrow, blackbird, dunnock, robin, jay x2, wood pigeon, bullfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch, blue tit, coal tit, great tit, marsh tit, willow warbler, pheasant, grey heron, canada geese and 5 goslings, swallows, nuthatch, tawny owl calling at night, mallard, cormorant, buzzard, raven, crow, magpie, siskin, green woodpecker, stock dove, blackcap, herring gull, wren, song thrush, kingfisher, moorhen, long tailed tit, grey squirrel, fox.