Wildlife in the Newark estate
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.