Belton’s Birds

Greater spotted woodpecker

The open parkland and gardens of Belton House are a haven for birdlife.

Belton’s woods, streams and meadows all provide excellent conditions for various species to thrive. Look and listen out for both green and great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper and goldfinch.

Nuthatch feeding at the bird hide
Nuthatch feeding on a branch
Nuthatch feeding at the bird hide

A kingfisher can often be spotted along the riverbank and, if you’re lucky, common buzzards and red kites can be seen flying high over the park.

Red Kite in flight
A red kite flying against a cloudless blue sky
Red Kite in flight

Over winter, Belton becomes home to fieldfare and redwing birds that breed in Scandinavia.

A Redwing stops for lunch
A redwing bird sits on a branch covered in red berries
A Redwing stops for lunch

A great place for twitchers is the Pleasure Grounds at the top of the gardens or Bellmount Tower. Download or pick up a copy of Belton’s seasonal i-spy leaflet for your next visit and see how many species you can spot.

Child bird watching

The big Belton bird watch

Join us for the big Belton bird watch and discover what birds visit Belton at this time of year