'We'll to the river' at Charlecote

Charlecote's riverside setting is a haven for wildlife © David Levenson

Charlecote's riverside setting is a haven for wildlife

Follow Cleopatra's call to her servants in Shakespeare's play, and follow the walks along the riverside at Charlecote. The River Avon, and its tributary the little River Dene are crucial to many aspects of our wildlife management at Charlecote.

Charlecote's history

Historically, part of ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscaping works here created the smooth curves of the Dene today rather than its original tight meander and he also widened the Avon. Today the Avon is slow-flowing with some faster, shallower runs upstream and you’ll see many wetland plants here including bulrushes and native yellow water-lilies.

Darting dragonflies

Take a walk along the river bank and as well as many different waterfowl, you’ll undoubtedly see dragonflies and damselflies on any summer day skimming over the water. It’s easy to tell the difference between them when they stop to rest – a dragonfly will hold its wings open, whereas a damselfly will hold its wings closed along its body.

'A man may fish with the worm' (Hamlet)

The rivers support good populations of fish including barbell, chub, roach, perch, dace and, of course there are pike – the symbol of the Lucy family. Fishing pegs are available from June until March with season and day passes available. Contact Lisa Topham for more information about fishing.

Charlecote's future

We are currently resisting calls to make this part of the Avon navigable as we believe this would inevitably have a detrimental effect on wildlife and water quality.