Bird watching at Calke Abbey

A robin at Calke Abbey

The bird feeding stations will be busy this winter, with many common birds eating to maintain their fat reserves for the winter. What will you spot on your next visit?

What to spot...

Look out for colourful regular visitors such as goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker. You'll also spot robins, house sparrows, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, marsh tits, dunnocks, blackbirds and collared doves – and you might even be lucky enough to spy something unusual like a siskin or brambling.

Visit the bird hides in the wetlands and in the corner of the main car park to see the birds feeding. Berries, hawthorn and rowan trees also provide excellent natural food sources, escpecially for large flocks of winter migrants such as redwings and fieldfares. Keep an eye on the skies as these feeding areas can provide an easy meal for a sparrowhawk...

Winter is a great time to look out for wildfowl. Look out for mallard and mandarin ducks as the males have wonderfully bright plumage which looks amazing at this time of year.

When you come to spot Calke's winged visitors, we can continue to watch over the wildlife for many years to come. Thank you for your support.