Wildlife

A wild place...

Tyntesfield is a pretty wild place. Our team of rangers care for our wide range of habitats and wildlife, from our many precious bat roosts and fungi lawns to the rare newts in our ponds.

Bats at Tyntesfield

A glimpse of a colony of our lesser horseshoe bats at Tyntesfield. This group live in a room off the Garden Passage near the back of the main house. The main house at Tyntesfield has over 27 individual bat roosts and at least nine species of bats have been found across the whole estate.

'Focus on the Wild' hub

Share what you find

It's easier to hear than see the shy green woodpecker © Jans Canon

Our 'Focus on the Wild' hub in the Home Farm top yard has information about our wildlife as well as an interactive panel where you can share your discoveries and read the latest news on our wildlife around the estate.

Make a digital postcard

Share your discoveries with a digital postcard © Tyntesfield / National Trust

Come exploring with your camera, take some photos of your discoveries and then upload them to create a unique digital postcard to share on our gallery and e-mail to family and friends. 

Not got a camera? No problem, you can borrow one from Tickets and Information when you arrive.

Meet our bats

Our ranger runs evening bat walks to give you the chance to encounter some our most elusive residents.

Bird song

Tyntesfield is a thriving bird habitat. Our dawn chorus surveys reveal a huge number of species calling Tyntesfield home including the greater and lesser spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, song thrush and treecreeper.

Amazing fungi

We have an incredible range of fungi, from those that thrive in woodland areas to our precious grassland species. John and Doreen Bailey from the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group, do regular surveys.

Top wildlife facts

  • The estate is home to at least nine different bat species
  • As well as bats, at night badgers, foxes, roe deer and hares emerge
  • Over 800 different species of fungi have been identified here so far
  • Rare and protected great crested newts live in our ponds
  • At least four pairs of breeding buzzards call Tyntesfield home
  • Look out for our returning flock of swallows at Home Farm every spring
  • Our lawns have several very rare species of beautiful orchids

Bioblitz

In May 2011, the Bristol Bioblitz was held at Tyntesfield. A team of experts, students and volunteers attempted to identify as many species as possible in 36 hours. They found 779, several of which were new discoveries for the Avon area.

You can find out more on their amazing blog.

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