Animals, birds and insects
The number of different bat species here indicates the variety and high quality of roosting habitat and also the hedgerows that our bats use as woodland ‘highways’. If you’d like to see more come along to our bat walk in August with our expert, we’ll even provide you with a bat detector.
Cattle on the parkland
A small herd of Irish horned cattle called Dexters are kept on sections of the parkland.
Dexters are a dual purpose breed which means they can be used for meat or for milk.
The herd is owned by our tenant grazier and we use them to keep the grass down in the parkland.
Birds of prey
Buzzards, sparrowhawks, kestrels and hobbys all visit here and if you're very lucky there is an occasional visit from a Red Kite. We also have Barn Owls, Tawny Owls and Little Owls here, we’ve recently put up owl boxes to help them breed.
Sheepwash Pond, near the parkland entrance provides the perfect environment for wildfowl. You can see Canadian, Grey-Lag and Egyptian Geese here as well as herons and kingfishers. There are several types of duck and the occasional swan too.
There are upwards of forty species of bird here. You can see Green, Great-Spotted and Lesser-Spotted woodpeckers and if you listen carefully you might be able to track down a cuckoo.