Autumn - when every leaf is a flower

Autumn is a unique time to be at Mount Stewart. It's not just the foliage changing, it's the wildlife too.

What you can expect to see over the next few months:

  • An array of fungi
  • Red squirrels
  • Flocks of long-tailed tit
  • Treecreeper
  • Goldcrest - Ireland's smallest bird
  • Jay - busy burying acorns


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Buzzard cam

Watch their progress on our TV screens © NIRSG

Watch their progress on our TV screens

The Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) in collaboration with the National Trust has this year embarked on an initiative to remotely monitor activity at buzzard nests at Mount Stewart and facilitate a unique raptor interactive experience with the wider public.

Footage from the camera is available to view at the Lookout and in our reception area. This interactive project means we can bring you this footage whilst causing no disturbance to the birds and offering an amazing insight into the secret life of a buzzard nest.

Red squirrels

One of our special furry friends © Chris Dyche

One of our special furry friends

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.

However, there are concerns about the spread of the non-native grey squirrel. If you do see any in the area, please record your sightings here.

Walk the red squirrel trail

Put your boots on and go walking © NTPL/John Millar

Put your boots on and go walking

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.


Our grounds host a number of natural habitats in which animals and plants can flourish.

Read about our three main types of habitat and how they encourage wildlife at Mount Stewart.