Wildlife

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Seasonal highlights: Migratory birds

The Hawfinch are one of our most notable visitors © Fred Gould

The Hawfinch are one of our most notable visitors

We welcome lots of migratory birds to the estate every year, and autumn is the perfect time to see them arriving. If you look closely, you might even see some unusual species...

Seasonal highlights: Fungi

Look out for fungi in the Autumn © Sally Renwick

Look out for fungi in the Autumn

There are some funky varieties of fungi fruiting in the woodland and on the grassy areas of the estate. Here are some of our favourites...

Seasonal highlights: Trees & plants

Autumn reflections in the still ponds of the water garden © Chris Lacey

Autumn reflections in the still ponds of the water garden

The trees in the garden really put on a show during the autumn months, turning every shade of russet, orange and golden brown. It's also the time when bright berries and delicious fruit is ripe for picking.

Deer watch

Studley Royal Deer Park is home to a herd of over 300 wild deer. 

From the newborn calves in spring to the autumn rut, there's always something going on in the park. 

Check out some footage of the deer on our You Tube page.

Please take care when walking in the deer park. They are wild animals so please keep your distance and make sure dogs are on leads.

Top 5 wildlife trails

What can you see? © Daniel Bosworth

Become a nature spotter on the trail of the wonderful wildlife at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. There are loads of nooks and crannies and places to discover the wildlife that makes its home here…

In the Bird Hide

Wildlife watch in the bird hide

The bird hide is a perfect place to spot the arriving birds as they stop to feast on the seeds and nuts our wildlife volunteers put out daily.

We’d love to know which birds you have spotted at the hide so make sure you note it down on the whiteboard!

Meet a Wildlife Volunteer...

Shelley volunteers at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal as part of the wildlife team:

"I love being a wildlife volunteer because I get to learn so much about the variety of wildlife here, it's so rewarding to share what I know with other people too. The best thing is being on the estate after a busy week at work or a drive through the deer park in the evening. It takes me back to being me again. It's special time."

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