Wildlife

Summertime - when the living is easy

The sun is shining and the gardens are alive with summer wildlife.

What you can expect to see:

  • Breeding little grebe, mute swan, mallard, tufted duck, moorhen and coot on the lake
  • Carpets of common spotted orchid
  • Butterflies such as meadow brown and ringlet
  • 5 different species of bat
  • Otter
     

 

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Red squirrels

Play hide and seek with our squirrels © Chris Dyche

Play hide and seek with our squirrels

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

Enjoy the sights and sounds of our woodland © National Trust/ Paul Harris

Enjoy the sights and sounds of our woodland

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

Rhododendron hill is always worth a detour

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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