What might you spot on a visit to Boarstall Duck Decoy? We take great care to preserve and care for the habitat here to encourage plenty of wildlife to drop by.
Watch our wildlife
There is a badger sett just outside the boundary of the duck decoy and they sometimes visit looking for food.
These huge birds are often seen souring over the woodland walk.
If you are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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