Wildlife

Our plants and animals

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Autumn glory

Apples, apples, what a treat, sweet and tart and good to eat © Stephen Robson

Apples, apples, what a treat, sweet and tart and good to eat

Varieties of apples and pears dating from between Roman and Edwardian times ripen along the walls. The garden is ablaze with rich autumnal colours.

Spring to life

A host of golden daffodils © NT/Eleanor Crossland

A host of golden daffodils

Daffodils and other early flowers add splashes of vibrant colour to the garden, much anticipated after a long winter. Old fashioned tulips contrast with early blossoming fruit trees.

Summer sensation

Roses are red...and pink © National Trust/Jerry Green

Roses are red...and pink

Riotous colour floods the flower beds and the parterre as annuals and perennials bloom. Savour the scents of the roses in the walled garden. Sit awhile under bowers of purple grapes.

Medlars

Medlars are an unusual medieval fruit, which are now enjoying a revival. They can be found growing in the garden here.

They're picked ripe, when they are hard and green, but not eaten until they have rotted or 'bletted'.

Spotted at Westbury

  •  © Steve Wrightson

    Kingfisher

    Kingfishers can be spotted down by the stream.

  • Heron stalking fish in the wetlands © Geoff Smith

    Herons

    Herons are rather partial to the carp that live in the canals.

  • Heron stalking fish in the wetlands © National Trust

    Sand martins

    Sand Martins can be spotted at Westbury.

  • Heron stalking fish in the wetlands © National Trust/Ellen Clee

    Ducks

    Watch out for our resident ducks; they like to join in with your picnic.

  • Heron stalking fish in the wetlands © National Trust/Ellen Clee

    Carp

    Collect a bag of food from the office and feed the myriad of carp that live in the canals.

Otter-cam

We hope the new camera will capture pictures of our resident otters

We hope the new camera will capture pictures of our resident otters


We know that we have otters living at Westbury Court Garden, but they are so shy that we have never actually caught sight of them.

That's why we've installed a camera with movement sensors to find out what they are doing.

Pictures and videos will be displayed on site at Westbury so take a look next time you visit.

Rabbit warren

The original rabbit warren at Westbury

The original rabbit warren at Westbury

Originally, the rabbits in this warren would have been kept for food for the household, but now they are just kept as pets. See how many come out to play when you visit.

Veg patch

A cabbage growing in the veg patch at Westbuty Court Garden

The veg patch at Westbury contains many different fruits and vegetables, most of which are historic varieties.

Look out for asparagus, pumpkin and artichokes.

Produce will be on sale if there has been a good harvest.

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