Wildlife

Blue tit

Look out for woodland birds like the acrobatic blue tit © Tony Hisgett

Look out for woodland birds like the acrobatic blue tit

Blue tits are very familiar visitors to gardens. Feeding on insects in the summer months, they can often be seen on bird feeders. At the Clergy House we have a family nesting in one of our bird boxes.

Garden warbler

The beautiful song of the garden warbler is more distictive than the bird © Billy Lindblom

The beautiful song of the garden warbler is more distictive than the bird

The noisest birds here are the reed warblers, but it was the sighting of a garden warbler that pleased us. These birds are often mistaken for blackcaps, which have also been seen in our garden.

Green woodpecker

t's easier to hear than see the shy green woodpecker © Jim Parry

t's easier to hear than see the shy green woodpecker

To our delight we spotted a green woodpecker pecking on a tree in our garden back in April. As they are shy birds, it only appeared for a short while.

Birds we have seen in the garden

  • blackbirds are often seen in the garden © National Trust

    Spring

    We have been twitching with excitement spotting different varieties of birds in our garden. So far our staff, volunteers and visitors have enjoyed seeing these species:

    Blackbird, green woodpecker, robin, mallard, wren, blue tit, pheasant, chiff chaff, chaffinch and kingfisher.


     

  • Moorhens nest in the reed bed © Jim Parry

    Summer

    Here's a selection of birds seen during the summer:

    Reed warbler, reed bunting, black cap, magpie, sparrow, swallow, moorhen, thrush, wood pigeon, garden warbler, goldfinch, pied wagtail and greenfinch.

  • This great spotted woodpecker has a beak full of insects © northeastwildlife.co.uk

    Autumn and winter

    Tree creeper, sparrowhawk, great spotted woodpecker and grey wagtail.

  • Get closer to nature at Alfriston © Ian Shaw

    What have you spotted?

    If there are any birds you have seen in our garden that aren't on our list please email us.

A peacock butterfly in the garden at Alfriston Clergy House © NT/Holly Jones

A peacock butterfly in the garden at Alfriston Clergy House

Butterflies

This summer we have seen the following butterflies:

Painted lady, red admiral, peacock, comma, speckled wood, gatekeeper, ringlet, large white, small white and a chalkhill blue.

We were also delighted to see a hummingbird hawk-moth hovering over a buddleia.

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