Wildlife

Birds

There are beautiful colours to be seen © northeastwilldlifephotography.co.uk

There are beautiful colours to be seen

Our diverse habitats at Newark encourage a wide variety of birdlife. From the more common pheasant, wren and blackbird, to more unusual varieties of woodpecker, buzzard and owl.

Mammals

We have lots of badgers at Newark, although rarely seen in the day © NTPL/NaturePL/Colin Seddon

We have lots of badgers at Newark, although rarely seen in the day

Badgers are widespread at Newark, with active setts in all of the woodlands.

The most visible are near paths in Lower Lodge and Muscovy Woods. In addition to these larger wild mammals, the woods are home to hedgehogs, wood mice and bank voles.

Invertebrates

You can see many varieties of butterfly in the valley meadows © Phil Coyne

You can see many varieties of butterfly in the valley meadows

A great number of invertebrates have been recorded at Newark. They are attracted to our mature woodland.

Beetles, weevils and rare snails can be found in the dark undergrowth. We also have habitats attracting a range of butterflies, with holly blue, comma, meadow brown, red admiral, riglet and common blue seen on the sloping meadows.

Beautiful butterflies

Pearl-bordered fritillary underside © Matthew Oates (NT)

Britain's butterflies are a joy to see when you're at Newark during the spring and summer months.

Our guide to birdsong

Can you hear the wren? The tiny bird with the big voice © @norfolkwren

Ever listened to a cheerful chirping and wondered just what was behind the melody?

The meaning of birdsong

A robin © @norfolkwren

We're exploring the meaning of birdsong, and we'd like to hear your stories, memories and anecdotes relating to birdsong.

Peafowl

Distant cousins to our more familiar pheasant, there are around half a dozen free-range peafowl that sleep in our trees on the estate.

Hares

Wild brown hares can be seen in the western area of the estate, as well as on the upper plateau, at the edge of fields lower down in the valley, and within Lower Lodge wood.

Bats

Pipestrelle bats, along with Daubenton bats can be found at Ickworth © National Trust

Bats are extraordinary mammals and you can see them at Newark at dusk.

Ancient trees in the Trust's care

This tree, called Old Man, is 1200 years old and resides at Calke in Derbyshire. © National Trust

We look after some of the oldest trees in the UK. Learn about the work we do to protect them.

Wildflower highlights in the South West

Fontmell Downs has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest © David Noton

See wildflowers that carpet our park- and pasture-land change as we move through the year.

Flora

The walled garden is a haven for flowers © A James

The walled garden is a haven for flowers

With over 725 acres, we've got space for an incredible range of different habitats. From deer park to parkland, and woodlands to lakeside, Newark is a great place to see the local plant life. With so many horticultural highlights throughout the year, we've listed the must-see flowers and plants for each season.

Trees

Newark has many magnificent old trees © John Pring

Newark has many magnificent old trees

The topography of Newark Park and the old age of the estate have created a treasure trove of trees. From nationally-important beech woodland on the top of the scarp slopes, rolling down to lower slopes where oak and ash predominate. We have recorded a majority of native species within the woodlands at Newark, including veteran trees and ancient woodland indicator species.

Woodland

Woodland is an essential British habitat 

Woodland is an essential British habitat

A large proportion of woodland at Newark is of regional importance as reflected by the Key Wildlife Site status given by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. The park provides an extensive network of connecting woodland wildlife corridors that link a number of valleys and hill spurs.

Grassland

Sweeping meadows down the Ozleworth valley 

Sweeping meadows down the Ozleworth valley

Newark features a number of semi-improved and species-rich meadows concentrated on the steeper banks and valley sides. The mildly calcareous (chalky) soil has enabled the establishment of a wide variety of grasses and herbs. This grassland provides a playground for our boxing hares and home for many varieties of butterfly. 

Wetland

The lake is a lovely place for both visitors and marginal plants 

The lake is a lovely place for both visitors and marginal plants

There are two wetland habitats at Newark fed by a natural spring, the lake and a small neighbouring marshy area. These areas have become an important habitat for marginal plants and amphibious creatures, further adding to the diversity of both habitats at Newark. 

Countryside calendar 2013

Wet Sand at Porth Dafarch, North Wales © Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

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