Nature all around
The castle, moat and grounds provide some excellent and unusual habitats for wildlife. The Claremont herb garden is really taking shape so take time to see and smell the plants that would have been used within the household for cooking and house-keeping. We've also extended the garden and now have an area stocked with plants that would have been used for dyeing in medieval times. Come and take a look, you'll be surprised at what you'll see and learn.
At Bodiam we have six species of bat that regularly visit, from the brown long-eared to pipistrelle and Natterer's. Of course, we are a firm favourite with the Daubenton's bats, which love to hibernate in old stone structures such as moated castles. Keep your eyes open when you visit and you may see one or two bats roosting in the castle.
Look out for:
- The biggest fish in the moat
- Ladybirds in the castle
- Fallen acorns from the many oak trees around the castle in the autumn
- Soapwort and lungwort in the Claremont garden
- A hollow tree that's great for hide & seek
- Bugdiam Castle - our new insect hotel
- Woad and Green Alganate in the newly created dyeing garden
- Demoiselle dragonflies hovering over the moat
Have fun outdoors
We have lots of space around the castle for you to explore and discover the natural surroundings and wildlife here. You could hire one of our bug hunting kits and head off to find our newly installed, insect friendly Bugdiam Castle where you can see, with a little bit of exploration, the many residents who are enjoying their luxurious new home. Don't forget to return your kit and claim your sticker for your Adventure Scrapbook.
Signs of summer
We have many pairs of mallards resident here and after an early brood in June we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of more ducklings. Our patience was rewarded recently with the appearance of three more broods, closely followed by anxiety for the fledglings as they attempt their first swim in the moat. Come along and see how many ducklings you can spot, or buy some duck food and feed the ducks and fish.
A flying visit
We regularly have visits from some of the birds of prey from The Hawking Centre. Here you can see Arthur, a European eagle owl, looking quite at home in one of the windows within the castle during one of the flying displays given by his handlers. Medieval lords like Sir Edward Dallingridge would have used birds of prey for hunting and to display to their guests to show their place in society.
The bats are back
Come and see our bat roost, listen to the sounds and watch for the new arrivals.
Plant of the month - comfrey
Use pounded comfrey root like plaster to set bones. It's also a remedy for piles and back pain.
Bugdiham Castle has opened its doors to its first guests in the grounds. Come and find them.