Wildlife at Boarstall Duck Decoy

A duckling swimming

What might you spot on a visit to Boarstall Duck Decoy? We take great care to conserve and care for the habitat here to encourage plenty of wildlife to drop by.

Watch our wildlife

We set up a camera to catch the wildlife at the decoy in action. Watch more of our wildlife films here.


Roe deer

If you are quiet enough as you walk through the wood you might catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals.


These small ducks frequent the decoy pond all year round. The males are more easily spotted because of their bright plumage.


During late spring and summer you may see the young of the wildfowl that breed on the decoy pond.

Blue tit

A beautiful and small song bird that makes its home in the woodland throughout the year.

Greater spotted woodpecker

You will probably hear a woodpecker long before you see one as it drills into trees looking for insects to eat.

Go batty

The woodland provides a wonderful habitat for bats, and there are many different species that make their home here. To encourage bats to remain in the wood we have fitted bat boxes in the trees.
badger, sunlight


There's a badger sett just outside the boundary of the Duck Decoy and they'll sometimes visit looking for food.

Red Kite

Red Kites

Spot these huge birds are often seen souring over the woodland walk.

A grass snake in Quarry Bank's Apprentice House garden

Grass Snakes

If you're lucky you might spot a grass snake, but don't worry as they will slither off before you get near to them. They can be spotted swimming in the Decoy pond.



The season begins with carpets of bluebells provide a stunning display of colour and a wonderful sweet smell in spring. Then the woodland erupts into colour as the rest of the wildflowers bloom.


There are lots of different species of fungi that grow on the trees and fallen timber throughout the wood. How many can you spot? Remember not to touch, as some can be poisonous.


Our ranger team manage the woodland at the duck decoy to preserve the wildlife. We leave standing and fallen deadwood in place to create important habitats for fungi, insects, birds and bats