Volunteers set sights on wildlife
The wildlife survey group is one of Ickworth’s newest volunteer groups. Come rain, shine, fog or snow, they are regularly out and about in the park and woodlands looking for wildlife and noting changes in nature. The information is recorded and shared with the rangers and the National Trust’s regional nature conservation adviser, and any interesting sightings are also shared with visitors to the park.
Some of the exciting sightings noted by the volunteers so far include birds as diverse as buzzards, redpolls and Egyptian geese, all manner of fungi and insects, and a rarely-seen white fallow deer, spotted deep in the Ickworth woods.
And even on the dingiest of days, there is always something to hear, if not to see – the call of rutting deer in the autumn, the cries of the tawny and little owls that inhabit Ickworth’s woodland and the song of the many species of birds who make the park their home.
If fresh air, gentle exercise and the chance to make friends with a fun group of people appeal to you, see our volunteer page to find out how to get involved.