Habitat

Parkland

There are over 900 acres of parkland at Ickworth

There are over 900 acres of parkland at Ickworth

Parkland is an internationally important wildlife habitat of open-grown, well-spaced trees in a grassland setting. Ickworth has about 900 acres of parkland and more than 200 veteran and ancient trees. One of them dates back more than 700 years.

We give these ancient trees time and space to grow old and decline at their own pace. Their great age has given time for different species of wildlife to establish themselves in the rotting wood. Creatures love their many nooks and crannies.

Don't miss

  • Come and explore Ickworth House, Park and Gardens © NTPL/David Kirkham

    Tea Party Oak

    At around 700 years old, this oak is one of the oldest trees on the estate.

  • Come and explore Ickworths Stumpery © NTPL/David Kirkham

    The Stumpery

    Created with tree stumps that are great habitats for insects that help increase biodiversity.

  • Several species of deer live at Ickworth © National Trust

    Deer

    We're home to roe, fallow and muntjac deer who can regularly be seen in herds.

  • Explore the wildlife area © Jo Sweetman

    Wildlife area

    The wildlife area near the car park is full of wildlife information and kids' activity sheets.

Wooded Britain

Come and explore Ickworths woods © NTPL/David Kirkham

Forests covered a large area of Britain in times gone by, but trees were cleared to make way for farming and settlement. Many were felled for construction.

The situation today

There are many different woods at Ickworth © National Trust

Today, only 12 percent of Britain is covered by woodland and, of that, 60 percent is made up of fast growing, less wildlife-friendly conifers.

Trees for the future

come and explore Ickworth's woods © NTPL/David Kirkham

The longer woodland is allowed to establish, the better it is for wildlife. With 600 acres of woodland at Ickworth we work to protect the future of this habitat.

Forestry work

The woodland at Ickworth is carefully managed

Our team of foresters carefully manage Ickworth's woodland, as well as maintaining our marked woodland walks for you to enjoy.

Woodland wildlife

Our woods are home to woodpeckers and owls. Plump nuthatches are in their element in mature trees.

Wetland

Come and visit Ickworth's magical fairy lake

Come and visit Ickworth's magical fairy lake

All life depends on water so one of the best places to guarantee good views of wildlife is around our lakes and ponds. From insects, such as dragonflies, to amphibians including toads, newts and frogs, there are always signs of life to show how important wetlands are for our wildlife.

You might see mammals, such as water voles and otters or waterbirds from herons and ducks. At Ickworth we've got two large lakes, linked by the river Linnet which runs through our estate, and 20 ponds. Peer into our wetland habitat network, which provides home for many species of wildlife.

Did you know?

  • Wetlands are just one of the habitats at Ickworth © National Trust

    Lakes

    The Fairy lake and the Canal lake safeguard a variety of wetland species.

  • There are over 20 ponds on the Ickworth estate © National Trust

    Ponds

    There are over 20 ponds at Ickworth, providing wetland habitat across the estate.

  • Stroll around the parkland and capture wildlife wonder © Jo Sweetman

    Wetland species

    Ducks, coots, moorhens and herons are just some of the wetland bird species found at Ickworth.

  • Stroll around the parkland and capture wildlife wonder © Jo Sweetman

    Quagmires

    Soft, damp gound provides a valuable habitat for a wide variety of insects.

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