One of the associated pleasures of developing a new kitchen garden in the heart of County Wexford is the wildlife. With Tacumshin Lake and Lady’s Island nearby

Three cock pheasants playing hide and seek in the long grass where the veg patches will be.

Three cock pheasants playing ‘hide and go seek’ in the long grass where the veg patches will be, Tacumshin, Wexford.

, the birds, bees and bats favour this area in particular. The large number of wood pigeons provide ample food for peregrine falcons. The buzzards look out for rats and mice. A merlin, Ireland’s smallest falcon, has been chasing smaller birds around here recently too.

The meadow in front of the house will have vegetable beds in it soon. In the meantime, pheasants have been running through the long grass. One wonders if they realise there will be no shooting permitted over this patch come the pheasant open season which begins in November. For their sake, I hope they hang around here or on lands adjacent to Tacumshin Lake which is a Special Protection Area No. 004092.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michael Lawlor on October 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Oh to be a pheasant at Tacumshin Lake!


    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on November 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks for comment. The pheasants are not clever enough to stay quiet during this open season. I hear them calling to each other sounding like squeaky gates. Thankfully, no sound of them being blasted out of the skies yet anyway. If only they stayed at Tacumshin Lake, they’d have protection.




  2. Posted by Vincent Power on November 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Got your Kitchen Garden yesterday. I think it will prove to be one of the best I have ever purchased.


    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on November 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Vincent,

      Delighted you got yourself a copy of Trevor’s Kitchen Garden. I look forward to hearing how you enjoy it hopefully. The website at least allows for a two-way exchange of views and experiences.

      Good growing,


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