Autumn and winter wildlife at Baddesley Clinton

Baddesley roe deer

We have about 150 acres of parkland for you to explore. Much of it is looked after by our tenant farmer, who owns all the sheep, but the land is also home to many species of wildlife. There are the usual foxes and rabbits, but plenty of other animals to see at this time of year.

For many plants, insects and some mammals, autumn is a time of slowing down. For many birds it’s about arrivals and departures, some flying south in pursuit of food and warmer climates, while others arrive from the Arctic for a mellower winter. Summer's lush greens slowly become browns and oranges, punctuated with pops of red and purple berries.

Roe deer and muntjac deer have been spotted occasionally running through the estate. Muntjacs are not native to Britain, coming from south-east Asia, but escaped from the Woburn Abbey estate in about 1925, and have made themselves at home all over the country!

There are muntjac around
Muntjac deer
There are muntjac around

Redwings often arrive, sometimes in large flocks, in the autumn and spend the winter here. In the spring they will return to their breeding grounds in Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia. 

Redwings are winter visitors heading to Scandinavia in spring
Baddesley redwing
Redwings are winter visitors heading to Scandinavia in spring

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Even if you don't manage to spot some of our more exotic animal residents, you're almost certain to see one of our squirrels!

One of Baddesley's squirrels
Spot them hiding their nuts away
One of Baddesley's squirrels

We'd love to see any pictures of the wildlife you've spotted - don't forget to share them on our social media channels!