Back to nature at Charlecote

Spring brings new wildlife to Charlecote's parkland - like a boxful of baby blue tits

Spring means that all the wildlife in our parkland is getting busy. Take a closer look and see what you can discover with our Birds and Mini-Beasts trail either side of the busy Easter weekend.

Come along over the Easter holidays with family and friends to find out more about the birds and mini-beasts that have made their home at Charlecote. It's a great way to spend some time together away from screens, and you're always welcome to bring a picnic too.

 

We're running our new trail away from the long Easter weekend and our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts when it will be less busy - 13-17 April and 24-28 April. Come and see what's out and about.

 

Pick up your trail between 9am and 3.30pm, £2 per trail (normal admission applies to non-National Trust members). There's a small mini-beasts-themed prize at the end of the trail.

 

See how many ladybirds you can spot
How about a bug hunt at Charlecote and see how many ladybirds you can spot
See how many ladybirds you can spot
The young lambs are keen to explore their new home
Jacob lambs in parkland at Charlecote Park
The young lambs are keen to explore their new home

 

Look out for the spring lambs and enjoy colourful flowers in the gardens and wildflowers in the parkland.

 

We have plenty of nectar-rich plants in the gardens for bees all year round
Look out for the bees loving our nectar-rich plants in the gardens
We have plenty of nectar-rich plants in the gardens for bees all year round

Birds are nesting in the trees around the parkland in the trees and in our nestboxes. See if you can see butterflies dancing around the gardens, and there are always bees and ladybirds to spot too. Just pick up a leaf or look into the long grass and see what's there.

 

Always the earliest butterflies of the year - have you spotted a yellow Brimstone yet?
Brimstone butterfly on ipheion in spring garden at Charlecote
Always the earliest butterflies of the year - have you spotted a yellow Brimstone yet?

If you're not sure what you've spotted, there are plenty of pictures and information in the Spinney shed behind the stables.

Not a bee or a wasp, hoverflies are important pollinators - and they don't sting
Charlecote's gardens are a haven for pollinating insects
Not a bee or a wasp, hoverflies are important pollinators - and they don't sting

Your visit to Charlecote helps us look after this precious habitat. Every penny you spend here stays at Charlecote for our work - thank you.

Bring a picnic to enjoy when you visit Charlecote Park with the family

For families 

Leave the tech behind and get closer to nature, whatever the weather. Run round and enjoy the space, see what you can discover, and make some memories with your family.

Enjoy our new Textures of Charlecote trail this half term.