Silver Glades is fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife and every effort is made to develop habitat and food supplies to encourage as wide a range of wildlife as possible. The main emphasis in the gardens is to promote a natural environment which provides for wildlife needs, with some additional feeding and nesting provided. The wildlife that visits the garden has to survive in its natural surroundings, so no attempt is made to tame the creatures or get them to visit at particular times of day. However, guests usually get the opportunity to see a great deal of wildlife, both in the gardens and the surrounding area.
There is a library of wildlife books in the Summer House to help with the identification of some of the rarer species. Most creatures are shy and tend to avoid busy times in the garden by arriving early or waiting until the middle of the day when the majority of guests have gone out, so viewing can take a little extra effort or the odd early morning. Although it would be unusual not to see a red squirrel during a week at Silver Glades, no guarantee can be given. This also applies to other species. However, if you are lucky, some of the regular visitors to the garden are:
- Red Squirrels
- Green and Spotted Woodpeckers
- Birds of Prey, – Sparrow Hawks, Kestrels, Buzzards, Barn Owl
- Wide range of other birds, including Blue Tits and Finches
- Butterflies and Moths (many species)
- Numerous insects, including glow worms
To encourage birds and squirrels to areas where they can be viewed more easily, there are two feeding stations in the garden. Guests often like to bring a supply of food with them to put outside their caravans. The living hide and summer house provide very good viewing locations for guests wanting to see what they can spot, although sitting quietly anywhere in the garden usually brings results. The occupants of the blue tit terrace at the side of Reception are normally easy to see. This is probably the widest bird box on the island! It has 13 homes and was specially made to re-house the existing occupants when their chosen home in the side wall of the Reception had to be repaired.