Wildlife

 © Chris Glover

Heronry

The 'Capability' Brown designed lake at Berrington is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the long established grey herons who nest here between March and July. It is one of only two heronries in Herefordshire and in season, the large nests of these beautiful but shy birds can be seen in the tops of the trees. 

Voles in the veg patch

Our gardeners can find something unusual in a morning. Last autumn we found some competition in the vegetable patch for our pumpkins and they didn't want to leave.

Wildfowl

Many types of water birds visit the lake at different times of the year, including mute swans, great crested and little grebe, grey-legged geese and a number of species of duck.

Otters on the lake

A mother and her cub outside the otter holt on the lake at Berrington

A mother and her cub outside the otter holt on the lake at Berrington

Our 'otter cam' is regularly catching images of resident otters but they are usually at night and poor quality.  Amazingly these pictures show two otters, probably a mother and pup during the day. Otters can breed throughout the year but having young makes these normally nocturnal, shy and elusive creatures more visible. 

Activities

Some of our events celebrate wildlife, such as our ‘make a birdfeeder’ or lake-dipping days. Come and get involved or just enjoy wonderful walks through fine Herefordshire countryside. We have three waymarked paths over the 'Capability' Brown parkland, through the woods or around the lake. We're open from 10am with the house open from 11am. 

Dogs

Visitors and staff walking dogs on the front lawn at Berrington Hall

Bring your dog and his friends along for some good exercise in the 250 acres of parkland and woods. Dogs are welcome in the park and grounds but not in the house or walled garden

What's on

Our warden's young helpers installing a new dormouse box

Our warden's young helpers installing a new dormouse box

Join in with our activity programme.

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