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.
At around 700 years old, this oak is one of the oldest trees on the estate.
Created with tree stumps that are great habitats for insects that help increase biodiversity.
We're home to roe, fallow and muntjac deer who can regularly be seen in herds.
The wildlife area near the car park is full of wildlife information and kids' activity sheets.
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
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
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.
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?
The Fairy lake and the Canal lake safeguard a variety of wetland species.
There are over 20 ponds at Ickworth, providing wetland habitat across the estate.
Ducks, coots, moorhens and herons are just some of the wetland bird species found at Ickworth.
Soft, damp gound provides a valuable habitat for a wide variety of insects.