Spring - a time for new beginnings....
Spring is a unique time to be at Mount Stewart as the gardens and woodland come alive with new life.
What you can expect to see over the next few months:
- Carpets of woodland flowers such as primrose, bluebell and wild garlic
- Breeding swallows
- Displaying buzzards
- Singing blackcap and chiffchaff
- Listen out for the great spotted woodpecker drumming against the trees
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The red squirrel is one of our most popular and well-loved mammals and Mount Stewart is one of the best places in Northern Ireland to see them.
Walk the red squirrel trail
Red squirrels are a common sight at Mount Stewart and can often be found in trees or around our special squirrel feeders.
Download our walk or pick on up from our reception area and follow the trail to spot them for yourself.
Spotted squirrels on the peninsula?
The Ards Peninsula currently has one of the healthiest populations of endangered red squirrels in Northern Ireland. However, there are concerns about the spread of the non-native grey squirrel and the National Trust is carrying out a survey to assess the spread of the grey squirrel into the area. If you do see any, please let us know.