Wildlife

Our plants and animals

The park is home to hundreds of species of plants, animals and insects © Dr Geoff Eaton, Butterfly Conservation

The park is home to hundreds of species of plants, animals and insects

There are over 40 species of birds here including birds of prey. We have common woodland mammals such as deer but also less noticeable residents like our ten species of bat. You can find reptiles like sand lizards and a small army of insect life. There are wild orchids in the wildflower meadows and a carpet of bluebells in spring.

Our habitats

Wildlife has woodland, parkland, hedgerows, meadows and open water to enjoy © Dan Bennett

Wildlife has woodland, parkland, hedgerows, meadows and open water to enjoy

The parkland at Hatchlands hosts hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Each has their own distinct habitat from sand and clay on one side through to chalk grassland at the other. This grassland, home to wild flowers and butterflies, leads to woodland with great trees, woodland mammals and deadwood habitat. There are two ponds in the park.

Flora

Bluebells and cowslips in spring. Laburnum walk, wild orchids and Gertrude Jekyll’s roses in summer. Liquid amber and beech trees in autumn colour. Take a closer look at the best of our plants and flowers.

Fauna

Visit Great Wix Wood to find woodland mammals or spot birds of prey or wildfowl in the open parkland. Hunt for bugs in the deadwood piles throughout the park or stick to hedgerows to listen out for bats.

Summer

See newborn calves in our Dexter herd and wildfowl paddling on the ponds. There's also a host of summertime flora including roses, peonies and irises, plus orchids in the meadow and helleborines on centenary circuit.

Wildlife events

  •  © Bat Cons. Trust/Hugh Clark

    Bat walk

    Walk through the park at dusk, how many of our nine bat species can you hear on a bat detector?

  •  © Sue Streeter

    Tree walk

    Discover our oldest and most unusual trees on a guided walk with our gardener

  • Liquid Amber and Field Maple in glorious autumn colour © Sue Streeter

    Autumn walk

    We'll guide you to the best of the fiery autumn colour in our garden and park

50 things

Enjoy outdoor adventures with our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. Whether its playing conkers, exploring inside trees, tracking wild animals or hunting for bugs, you’ll find loads of wildlife activities to do at Hatchlands.

Park & garden

See what else you can do in the park and garden. Visit Willow Wix’s Willow Warren to see if the woodland birds are visiting the bird feeders, visit Sheepwash pond and the Egyptian geese or download the park walks.

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