Wildlife

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Wonderful wildflowers

Visit the meadows and woodland in spring to see a riot of colour © National Trust

Visit the meadows and woodland in spring to see a riot of colour

Delicate primroses, dainty wood anemones, wall flowers and celandines herald the coming of spring... Look out for them in the woodland around the abbey and along De Grey's Walk, or join a wildlife walk to find out more.

Nature waking up

Ducklings at Fountains Abbey  © Ed Sampson

Ducklings at Fountains Abbey

Nature is waking up all over the estate, you might see hedgehogs after their winter hibernation, young calves in the deer park and ducklings finding their (webbed) feet on the river. Curlews, oystercatchers and shell ducks can be seen on the lake.

The butterflies and the bees

Red admirals and a comma on verbena bonariensis in the herb garden © Christina Surdhar

Red admirals and a comma on verbena bonariensis in the herb garden

Later in the spring the herb garden is a perfect place to see butterflies and bees enjoying the rich nectar sources and the lovely warm temperatures in this hidden walled garden by the mill leat.

Deer watch

Studley Royal Deer Park is home to a herd of over 300 wild deer, you can find out more on a deer watch walk.

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

Pick up a tracker pack and go bird watching © Tony Ioannides

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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