Wildlife at Avebury

Kestrel, West Kennett Avenue

Discover the varied wildlife of Avebury. The chalk grassland is home to many plants and animals. Why not try out one of our walking trails and see what you can see.

Bats in the Barn Gallery

The Barn Gallery of the Alexander Keiller Museum is home to five species of bat: Natterer's, Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared, and Serotine.The bats live in the roof space of the barn, out of view, but you might catch a glimpse of them as they fly in and out at dusk in the summer.
 

Owls at Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill has a variety of birds including the Grey partridge, Yellowhammer, Corn bunting, Skylark and Barn owl.
 
There's nowhere lovelier than Windmill Hill on a sunny summer's day, listening to the skylarks high above. You might also see Barn owls flying here at dusk.
 

Newts in the old farmyard

The Old Farmyard at Avebury has a pond opposite the Circle Café. Although small in size it plays a large part in the life of the protected Great Crested newt.
 
Although the newts breed in the pond they spend the summer feeding on earthworms, insects, spiders and slugs in woodland, hedgerows and tussocky grass.
 

Flowers in the henge

Important plants grow on the banks of the henge, including a hybrid form of the very rare Tuberous thistle, and the Round-headed rampion.
 
If you find one of the Round-headed rampions, look closely at the colourful flower. You'll be able to see that it isn't a single bloom but a cluster of individual smaller blooms.
 

Lichens on sarsen stones

Over thousands of years the very hard sarsen stones that make up the circles at Avebury have weathered, providing an ideal home to a variety of lichen colonies.
 
The patterns that the lichens make on the stones are a favourite subject for photographers.
 

Plants at Windmill Hill

At this early Neolithic site there is an abundance of chalk grassland plants such as Clustered bellflower and flowering dropwort.
 
Wander amidst the Bronze Age barrows here to find the Clustered bellflower. In folklore this wildflower was said to grow from the remains of the dead, giving it its 'blood red' stem.