Brockhampton's Mistletoe Weevils
The ancient orchards here are enjoyed by hundreds of visitors every year here. We were pleasantly surprised to find these very orchards played home to a new species of weevil in the year 2000.
Many of the elderly trees in our orchard are gnarled meaning many creepy crawlies can take refuge inside. Our trees play home to noble chaffer beetles, an emerald metallic beetle whose grubs hollow out the tree trunks. Rarely seen, it was a great discovery to find we had this beautiful beetles living here. They’re difficult to spot, but you may find their brown, lozenge-shaped droppings inside tree hollows.
Research into the orchards at Brockhampton discovered a brand new species of beetle in 2000, aptly named the ‘mistletoe weevil’. Little is known about this weevil because they are just so rare but continuous research hopes to reveal more. Make sure you take a look close up into the green bunches of mistletoe when you visit and see if you can spot this rather special beetle.
Around the estate, on the driveway to the manor and surrounding the orchards you may spot large mounds in the earth. These are ant hills created by Yellow Meadow Ants, common ants which feed on honeydew from Aphids.
We care for the orchards in a natural way here, to help nature thrive and to offer a safe sanctuary for all wildlife.