Wildlife

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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

The herb garden is a perfect place to see butterflies and bees enjoying the rich nectar sources and the lovely warm temperatures in this walled garden.

Wonderful wildflowers

Discover the beautiful variety of wildflowers in the Water Garden © Kippa Matthews

Discover the beautiful variety of wildflowers in the Water Garden

Colourful orchids and dainty wildflowers can be seen all over the estate... Look out for them on the Banqueting House lawn, or join a wildlife walk to find out more.

New arrivals

Chaffinch on a branch at Fountains Abbey © Vaughan Thomas

Chaffinch on a branch at Fountains Abbey

The birds which make their home at Fountains are busy feeding their young. You might catch the sound of the Yellowhammer which still sings in August...

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. 

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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