Wildlife in the Newark estate

A magnificent view along the valley 

A magnificent view along the valley

The Newark Park estate is a great place for wildlife to thrive. From mammals to insects and birds, you are likely to see some wonderful creatures on your estate walk. There are three different estate walks for you to choose from, taking you through woodlands, glades and wetlands, and taking in some beautiful Cotswold views.


We have a muster of peacocks living at Newark, with two peahens. They are free to roam the estate, but can be often be found around the croquet lawns.


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.

Beautiful butterflies

Pearl-bordered fritillary underside © Matthew Oates (NT)

Butterflies are a joy to see when you're at Newark during the spring and summer months. Make sure to look in our floral borders and in the lakeside garden: how many varieties can you spot?


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.


Sweeping meadows down the Ozleworth valley 

Sweeping meadows down the Ozleworth valley

Newark features a number of  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. 


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.

Deer in the estate

Wild deer enjoy life in the Newark estate, especially in the lower woodland. As they are so fond of chewing the hazel trees we've had to fence the hazel wood to protect this indigenous tree species.