Wildlife at Bateman's

The Bateman’s estate is home to many different wildlife species. Butterflies flit along the hedgerows feeding on nectar from wild flowers, dormice live in the coppiced woodland, great-crested newts breed in the ponds; buzzards, owls and kingfishers hunt in the fields, woods and on the River Dudwell. 



With its sapphire body and fiery orange chest, Kingfishers are undoubtedly one of the most colourful birds in Britain. These small birds are very vulnerable to harsh winters. Bateman’s has the perfect conditions for Kingfishers to thrive during the colder season. The River Dudwell are abundant in minnows and sticklebacks which will sustain a hungry kingfisher and the muddy banks provide space to build nests.



Buzzards are often seen soaring over the Bateman’s estate, along with red kites. They can be seen gliding over wooded hillsides in fine weather or perched on dead trees or fence posts. Buzzards are slightly smaller than kites and have broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail.

Barn owl hunting

Barn Owls

Barn owls commonly build their nests in the buildings and around the woods at Bateman’s and are famous for hunting with silent wings and swooping down on their prey unannounced. If you’ve never seen a barn owl before, then winter can be a great time of year to look, as they often extend their hunting hours into daylight to find the extra food they need to get them through the colder months.

Great crested newt

Great Crested Newts

Great Crested Newts (GCN) have European Protected Species status. It's difficult and time-consuming to attempt monitoring of numbers so we're really just looking for presence/absence in our ponds.

Dormouse being held in someones hand


Dormice also have European Protected Species status. Once a month, from April to October, Kevan Gibbons, the National Trust Ranger at Bateman’s, is a licensed dormouse handler and monitors the dormouse populations on the estate by checking fifty wooden nest boxes around the site.