Blickling Estate’s countryside diaries

Discover the wonders of the great outdoors at Blickling Estate. From our ongoing conservation work to ideas to inspire you and your family to get out and about, find all you need to know in our articles below…

Peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies on thistles at Charlecote Park

Butterfly adventures at Blickling Estate

Fancy exploring further afield? Join us any day of the week for an adventure around the wider estate and help us to look after natural habitats for future generations…

Himalayan balsam at Blickling

The Big Balsam Bash at Blickling

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant species that is threatening our rivers and countryside. It grows along our river banks at Blickling, outcompeting native species and causing erosion.

A foot bridge over a stream at sunset

Restoring the River Bure in Norfolk

Silvergate stream runs for 2km through Blickling Estate, feeding the lake before joining the River Bure, an internationally important and rare chalk stream that flows into the Norfolk Broads National Park...

Two women enjoying a walk in the countryside, one clasps a hot drink

Blow away the cobwebs 

We all know how dull and depressing the winter months can be, so we've put together a list of our top things to do, to get you through the darkest days of the year...

Three children on bikes in woodland

On your bike at Blickling Estate

With a variety of bikes for all ages, including electric bikes, trailers and balance bikes, the whole family can enjoy getting out into the parkland. You're welcome to bring your own bikes too, so pack a picnic and get planning your adventure.

A group of runners make their way through Blickling's sweeping parkland.

Try this incredible trail 

We've asked the passionate team who take care of our trail at Blickling Estate in Norfolk, to share what's so special about it. This varied and undulating loop will take you alongside a picturesque lake and quiet woods, where barn owls can be spotted flying silently between the trees.

Fungi on the Blickling Estate

Fascinating fungi 

As we gradually move through autumn, fungi is popping up all over the place. See how many different types you can spot across Blickling Estate and take part in our #NTAutumnChallenge...

A close up of autumn leaves on a tree

Time to ponder

The colourful variations of leaves are quite the sight to behold at Blickling Estate this autumn. Enjoy watching them blowing in the breeze and perhaps even take part in our #NTAutumnChallenge...

A family walk to the Mausoleum

Discover the Mausoleum 

Discover one of Blickling’s most iconic parkland structures. The Mausoleum is over two centuries old and stands on the edge of the Great Wood, creating a dramatic view across the ancient landscape.

A footpath surrounded by trees and a rape field

The woodlands

There's always something to see in the woods, from wildflowers such as bluebells, campions, yellow archangel and wild garlic to a variety of birds and mammals. Spot trees like oak, chestnut, beech, rowan and ash and keep an eye open for deer.

Close up image of Roe Deer by wildlife photographer Richard Nicoll

Blickling deer 

Deer have a big impact on the biodiversity of countryside habitats around the Blickling Estate, and, because they can travel miles to feed and to breed, it’s important we take a landscape-scale approach to managing their populations. Find out how...

A barn owl in flight

Natural habitats 

The varied habitats encourage a wide range of birds and mammals. You might spot barn owls hunting or groups of tits and finches marauding through the trees, scavenging for morsels of food.