Ancient small leaf lime tree

This is one of the oldest trees on the estate © Dave Brady

This is one of the oldest trees on the estate

Six hundred years old, this is one of the oldest trees on the estate. Standing on the medieval wood bank, the small leaf lime (tilia cordata) was a very common woodland tree at that time. This particular tree would've been at the start of its life when Henry VIII was on the throne.

Reed bunting

A Reed bunting sits and rests for a minute © Dave Brady

A Reed bunting sits and rests for a minute

Reed buntings, sedge warblers and reed warblers take advantage of Blickling's lakeside vegetation. On the lake you'll also see mallards, grebes, and a variety of geese. When the water's clear you may see pike stalking their prey.

Red deer

Spot red deer occasionally at Blickling © Spike Malin

Spot red deer occasionally at Blickling

You may see red deer, the largest of the UK's resident deer, on the wider estate or occasionally in the park. A large number of red deer roam freely across north Norfolk.


Primroses in spring

In the spring before the trees shut out the light, see the wildflowers in the woods at Blickling:

primroses, wood anemone, greater stitchwort, wild garlic, yellow archangel and campion.

Bluebells of the Great Wood

Late April to early May is the best time at Blickling to see this flower of ancient woodland as it carpets the woodland floor.

Majestic barn owls

Barn Owls thrive here because they have many old trees to nest in and plenty of food. When feeding their young or after bad weather the owls will hunt all day. Be quiet and still and one may pass quite close to you.


Without bees where would we be? No honey, no fruit and lots of crops wouldn't grow. The variety of flowering plants, shrubs and trees at Blickling attract many different types of bee.