Bird watching at Baddesley
Baddesley Clinton is a great place for bird watching. From our resident ducks on the moat to really wild birds out in the parkland there are many species to look out for.
There are many species of birds on the estate, some more common than others. You can consider yourself lucky if you see any owls, for example, even though tawny, little and barn owls live here.
Our Bird Screen is situated in the woods out in the parkland, and is the perfect place to spot a variety of bird life. The feeders are kept well stocked so there is always plenty to see and photograph.
If you've taken any pictures we'd love to see what birds you've spotted - don't forget to share them on our social media channels! For directions to the Bird Screen please ask a member of staff at Visitor Reception.
Practice makes perfect
If you’re confused between two species the best thing to do is to read about them and then seek each species out in its natural habitat. Once you've got a good description of the bird, and the more you experience a bird’s behaviour the better you’ll be at spotting it in the future.
Another way to identify different species is through their songs and, surprisingly, they are relatively easy to learn.You’ll already recognise blackbird, blue tit, chiffchaff and robin calls without even realising it.
A garden full of native shrubs, flowers and grasses and free of excessive fertilizer and pesticide will be much more inviting for birds and may tempt in some unusual ones. Don’t forget bird-friendly native plants such as rowan, wild cherry and elder – birds will love their berries and the insects they attract.
If you do feed birds peanuts, crush them up first as young birds can choke on full-sized nuts. Overall the best approach is to feed birds foods that would naturally be growing at that time of year – seeds in the summer, nuts in the autumn. Our friends over at Packwood have a bird feeder that you can make at home - follow the link at the bottom of this page.