Conservation and Wildlife
The upland landscape around the cottages is sheep country but you will also see a good selection of wildlife, notably birds. The curlews arrive in March followed by lapwings and swallows in May/June. All these birds can be seen and heard from your cottage patios along with buzzards and kestrels: a pair of binoculars is provided in every cottage.
Common House Farm is situated between the unspoilt North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to the south and Northumberland National Park to the north. Overall, the area provides a wonderful habitat for flora and fauna, including ancient woodland, blanket bogs, hay meadows, lakes, rivers and burns.
Kielder forest is home to the largest English population of red squirrels, as well as an elusive herd of feral goats. Whatever your countryside interest you will find that these landscapes offer all that you could want. We are located far enough from any significant conurbation that on a clear dark night it feels as though the whole solar system is visible.
We work hard to manage our own carbon footprint - the former electric heating system has given way to a bio mass boiler which uses timber from nearby Kielder forest and we have recently invested in wind turbines which provides power to the cottages.
We have also managed some of our land to allow natural flora to develop in the hope that a wide variety of butterflies, bees, birds and other animals will be attracted.