Spotting Hughenden's natural treasures

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Whatever the weather nature displays treasures to find at Hughenden and we are keen to help you locate them. Our rangers host trails throughout the year or download our spotter guides to wander at your own speed.

Spring heralds the appearance of carpets of white, yellow and blue as the native flowers bloom once more. Disraeli's favourite flower was the primrose. When the lime trees and lavender flower during the summer, the honey bees forage for pollen and nectar and the distinctive call of the red kites joins the contented calls of smaller birds.

Hughenden has its fair share of attractions.  Look out for the manna ash - not a native tree to the UK and more at home in warmer parts of Asia and Europe so a rare treat to find it here.  The tree gets its name from the sugary extract from the sap released by making a cut in the bark, which in the late medieval period was thought to be akin to the biblical manna from heaven. When sugar was so expensive, this alternative sweetener was so desirable that Disraeli, Hughenden's owner, obtained a specimen grafted on to a rootstock more likely to survive our winters.  The wide trunk of the tree has a bulbous swelling at the point of the graft which can still be seen today.  It is said that the autumn colouring of this tree is one of the most spectacular – will you spot it on your walk at Hughenden?

Some of the more common sights during winter can be just as intriguing. The cold frosty mornings highlight the intricate art of the spider’s web more readily than summer sunshine.  In the grounds, our sculptures take on different aspects as the weather changes and they are viewed from different angles.

To enjoy all the wildlife that Hughenden has to offer, why not download some of our spotter guides or walks to see what you can find? We’d love to see some of your pictures on our Facebook page.

Download our illustrated spotter's guides:

Spring parkland

Spring woodland

Summer parkland

Summer woodland

Autumn parkland

Autumn woodland

Winter parkland

Winter woodland

Tree guide