Our local badgers love to dig in our garden © National Trust

Our local badgers love to dig in our garden

Badgers to birds

The garden attracts all sorts of wildlife, from badgers and foxes to many different bird species.

We have to keep the gates to our fountain garden shut at night to stop the badgers getting in and digging up our flower beds.

Look out for...

  • Clear autumn days at Ickworth © David Tipling


    We often have nesting pairs in our horse chestnut tree by the ice house.

  • Clear autumn days at Ickworth © Jim Parry


    Green woodpeckers on the grass and Great spotted woodpeckers up in the trees.

  • Peacock and Comma butterflies on Bramble in the Stonehenge Landscape © Lucy Evershed


    Look out for these species: Comma, Orange-tip, Painted lady, Peacock, Red admiral and Small copper.

Our flower meadow

Enjoy a stroll along the river on your way to Ham and approach the house through our flower meadow. This is an increasingly important habitat for wildflowers, animals, insects and birds.


A love and hate relationship...

We don't encourage slugs, but they love it here. Though they do eat young plants faster than we can grow them, they also eat decaying plant material. We love and hate them.

Natural predators

We encourage ladybirds in the garden as the natural predator of garden nuisances like aphids and mites.