Summertime - when the living is easy
Summer is a unique time to be at Mount Stewart as the gardens and woodland burst with new life.
What you can expect to see over the next few months:
- Nesting buzzards - watch them on our live camera feed in the Lookout and at Reception
- Breeding little grebe, mute swan, mallard, tufted duck, moorhen and coot on lake
- Carpets of common spotted orchid
- Butterflies such as meadow brown and ringlet
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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.
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
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.