Spotting wildlife on the estate

Exploring at Brockhampton estate

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside on a wander through the woods and parkland of the estate. You may even be lucky enough to spot a deer.

Brockhampton is a feast for the senses throughout the changing seasons with its abundance of flora and fauna. When wandering through the woodland there is a good chance you might just spot a deer. We have three varieties of these shy creatures here; Roe, Fallow and Muntjac. See if you can spot their prints upon the forest floor when you visit.

 There are also many creatures residing in the pools and moat at Brockhampton Estate. You may stumble across a toad, frog or newt. In springtime, the moat is filled with large mounds of frogspawn and in the colder seasons, the plump mallard ducks make a delightful sight.

A newt and toad at Brockhampton
A moved stone revels a newt and toad.
A newt and toad at Brockhampton

The estate itself is a haven for bird watchers as our woodland management attracts a variety of rare and endangered species such as the cuckoo and lesser spotted woodpecker. Visitors in the springtime will enjoy the welcome return of the migratory birds and the moat will be a hive of activity with the swallows and swifts feeding on gnats. See buzzards and red kites sore high above the parkland and woods, filling the air with their high pitched calls all year round. Out of hours, nocturnal barn owls and bats fly around the estate; we've many rare bat species residing here. 

This year, whilst cleaning out nestboxes, the Countryside team found several bats had made their homes inside them. The boxes were gently placed back in the trees, allowing the bats to remain safe and content. 

Two bats dormant in a nest box.
Two bats asleep in a nest box.
Two bats dormant in a nest box.

There are also many types of trees to discover over the estate. We have field maple, holly, ash, birch, oak and sweet chestnut to name a few and the variety makes Brockhampton an interesting place to return to throughout the different seasons. In late spring, you can see the glorious blossom covering the trees in the orchard which is followed by laden branches of fruit in autumn.  

Damson blossom in the orchards at Brockhampton
White damson blossom at Brockhampton
Damson blossom in the orchards at Brockhampton