Wildlife leaving their footprints in the snow....

Winter is a unique time to be at Mount Stewart. Just because it's quiet, it doesn't mean nothing exciting is happening.

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

  • Large flock of Gadwall on lake
  • Red squirrels on supplementary feeders
  • Ravens displaying
  • Wintering Redwing feeding on berries
  • Flocks of finches such as Siskin and Linnet

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Red squirrels

One of our special furry friends © National Trust/Peter Reed

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

Don't forget to wrap up warm © NTPL/John Millar

Don't forget to wrap up warm

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 © NTPL/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.


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.