Wildlife

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
  • Badgers
  • Singing blackcap and chiffchaff
  • Listen out for the great spotted woodpecker drumming against the trees

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Red squirrels

One of our special furry friends © National Trust

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.

Walk the red squirrel trail

Put your boots on and go walking © National Trust

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.

Spotted squirrels on the peninsula?

One of Mount Stewart's many red squirrels © Trevor Moffet

One of Mount Stewart's many red squirrels

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.

Habitats

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.

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