Go wildlife spotting this May half term at Brockhampton

Three swallows on a branch

Late spring is always a lovely time to visit Brockhampton with family and friends. The swallows have returned and swoop over the moat and don’t miss the little ducklings which scoot over the water.

May is the perfect time to wildlife watch on the Brockhampton estate. From the moment you enter and see the stunning panoramic views across Greenfields meadow you’re likely to see birds of prey circling up high. Visitors can spot buzzards and red kites daily and if they’re really lucky, a passing sparrowhawk too. Down at Lower Brockhampton, the swallows have returned by May and look stunning with their blue feathers gleaming in the spring sunshine. Don’t forget to look in the water, we usually have mallard ducklings and when the sun is in the right position you can see newts beneath the water’s surface; we are lucky enough to have palmate, smooth and great crested here.

The moat is home to many interesting creatures
The manor reflected in the moat
The moat is home to many interesting creatures

A highlight for many is the lovely bluebell scattered woodlands; these brilliant blue flowers look striking against a backdrop of wildflowers and moss. Later this month we may have early foxgloves too, as long as the weather isn’t too wet.  

At the end of the month is May half term and we have a fun family trail for children to enjoy with their families. Join us from Saturday 25 May until Sunday 2 June for a ‘Tudor cherry chase’ trail and discover how cherries became popular during the Tudor era, the perfect topic of trail to take part in whilst we begin our Reimagining Orchards Project. We will also have the brand new ’50 things’ list to hand from May onwards, make sure you pick up a copy and enjoy lots of outdoor fun with your little ones.

Resident ducks relax on the moat
Two ducks sleeping on a hay bale in the moat
Resident ducks relax on the moat

Not only is there ample wildlife to spot the surrounding fields also have this year’s fast growing lambs, a spring time sight loved by all. Look out for Farmer James’s black Hebrides sheep, they may be small but are incredibly hardy. Top off your trip with a trip to the Granary, there’s a sale on upstairs and brand new spring-inspired stock inside the shop and don’t forget every pound goes back into keeping Brockhampton up and running.

The Hawkins' Hebridean sheep in the orchard
The Hawkins' Hebridean sheep in the orchard, they are small and black with horns
The Hawkins' Hebridean sheep in the orchard