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Lyveden through the seasons
As the winter fades away, Lyveden comes to life in an array of spring colour. The woodland floor is alive with wildflowers such as violets, bluebells and cowslips, the county flower of Northamptonshire.
Young rabbits and squirrels begin to emerge from their winter lairs, and tadpoles, caterpillars and insect larvae start to appear in and around the moat.
The orchard flowers are joined by fruit, well on its way to being ready to pick. In the woodland, orchids and primrose are in full bloom.
By now, the larvae and caterpillars have grown up into damselflies, dragonflies, stunning butterflies. Rabbits, squirrels and even a few fallow deer are also more prominent. In the air, skylarks and swallows can be seen and heard around Lyveden.
Lyveden in autumn is a paradise of red, yellow and gold leaves. Look out for the biggest, smallest or brightest coloured leaf. The remaining orchard apples are perfect for picking.
Whilst most of the wildlife gradually begins to retreat in preparation for winter, hares and other creatures can still be seen if you look carefully.
Winter is when most wildlife will head for bed for a few months to await the return of spring. See if you can spot any evergreen species of tree that are enduring the cold. Keep an eye out for the first snowdrop of spring.
Whilst most animals won't be seen at this time of year, see if you can spot any telltale tracks in the snow.
- Why not pick a piece of fruit from the orchard? Make sure it's ripe! Please leave a donation
- Bring your camera and see what wildlife you can photograph. We'd love to see your snaps on our Twitter page
- Ask about borrowing a net from reception and see what bugs you can catch
- Grab your binoculars and try to spot some beautiful bird species
- You can bring your dog along for a walk to see Lyveden's wildlife but please keep it on a lead