Wildlife

What you could see here in autumn

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Use all your senses this autumn

  • Listen out for cuckoo, nuthatch, woodpecker and tawny owls in the woods
  • Sniff out stinkhorns in the undergrowth
  • Watch the wintering wildfowl on the lakes
  • Tap a bracket fungus - what does it feel like?
  • Watch the jackdaws as they come in to roost around the lakes
  • Feel the sand grains in your face at Freshwater West during a westerly

Wildfowl on the lakes

Goosander

Two male and one female goosander © northeastwildife.co.uk

One of our most spectacular wildfowl, goosander numbers build up to 20 or 30 during the winter. The males have shiny green heads and the females brown ones. Watch them as they team fish, driving their prey towards the bank.

Gadwall

Gadwall at Bosherston Stackpole Estate Pembrokeshire © John Stevens

At first glance, this is a drab-looking duck with subtle colour tones. They make up for it with interesting behaviour - watch them as they hang out near coot, grabbing their leftovers. As a dabbling duck, they rely on the deep-diving coot to bring food to the surface.

Tufted duck and heron

Tranquil winter scene - tufted ducks and heron © Marilyn Smyth

With their bright black and white plumage, the only thing you could mistake a tufted duck for at Stackpole is the much rarer scaup. They sail about in flotillas, here under the watchful eye of a heron.

Watch Stackpole's otters

Otter facts

  • Male otters are called boars, females are sows, and the offspring are pups
  • There are 13 different species of otters found in the world
  • Otters are very closely related to badgers, ferrets and mink
  • The average life span for an otter is 10 years
  • An otter can remain under water for up to four minutes
  • They can dive up to 300 feet in search of food

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