Wildlife

The 'Old Man' has over 1000 years of stories to tell © Brian Muelaner

The 'Old Man' has over 1000 years of stories to tell

An ancient and fragile habitat

Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park.

Calke Park has a rich and varied landscape, from rolling grassland to ancient oaks. About a third of the park is a National Nature Reserve, recognised in 2004 due to the quality of its wood pasture, one of our rarest habitats.

Some of the trees here are among the oldest in Europe.

This season

Summer at Calke is relaxed and carefree.

Wander through wildflower meadows alive with butterflies and bees.
Calke's ancient trees are the perfect place for you to spot woodland birds or spectacular fungi in late summer.

Animals at Calke

From deer to dragonflies, birds to bats, Calke Park is an ideal place to spot wildlife.

Make sure you visit our bird hides located in the main car park and wetlands - they're the perfect places to seek out our woodland birds.

Explore more

Did you know Calke Abbey is in the heart of The National Forest?

Generating a new forest for the nation, it promotes the creation and preservation of wildlife habitats - something very dear to our hearts here at Calke.

Busy bird hides

Watch this greater spotted woodpecker getting some food. 

Make sure to visit our bird hides in the far right corner of the main car park and in the wetlands.

Rare species, such as a turtle dove, have been spotted here and the hides are great for taking wildlife photos.

Don't forget our...

  • A majestic red deer stag taking a break in the deer park © National Trust/Gillian Day

    Deer

    Walk around the edge of the enclosure where red and fallow deer live and get a closer look.

  • Learn how to capture moments like these © Eddie Hyde

    Bees

    Our hives in the Large Kitchen Garden provide honey for us to sell at Apple Day.

  • Look out for many varieties of fungi in the park from September onwards © National Trust/ Bill Cove

    Fungi

    Our wonderfully ancient trees and permanent pastures are host to an array of eclectic fungi.

  • Wildlife walk

    Take in some wildlife on this walk around our National Nature Reserve.

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