Discover Charlecote's wildlife haven
There's new life all around the parkland in spring. Fresh foliage unfurls throughout the landscape. Birds, bugs and animals are pairing up and finding their ideal habitat in our carefully-managed landscape. What will you spot when you visit?
Our ancient riverside meadows are full of birds, beautiful wild flowers and insects – stroll along the mown paths or take a seat on a bench and see what’s out and about today.
The parkland is quieter out of school holidays, or first thing in the morning from 9.00am - the perfect time to enjoy the riverside tranquillity.
Take a seat on one of the benches around the parkland and pause for a therapeutic moment or two. Watch for the undulating flight of a woodpecker, or a flash of blue from a jay or even a kingfisher on the Dene or the Avon.
We have one of the largest heronries in Warwickshire and you’ll see the herons swooping back to their nests in spring or standing statuesque at the river’s edge. White little egrets seem happy here too, often to be seen on the lake well into spring.
Listen for the mewing of an overhead buzzard or the jagged laughing call of a green woodpecker. If lots of birds are twittering anxiously there may be a kestrel hovering nearby. You can often hear the drumming of a woodpecker on hollow trees echoing around the parkland.
Bats at twilight
If you're here for one of our evening events do look out for the bats swooping around for insects around the outbuildings. Check our What's On page after lockdown to book for events with the Warwickshire Bat Group - do book ahead, they always sell out.
We have two UK BAP Priority bat species living here – lesser horseshoe bats and brown long-eared bats.
The first butterflies are usually the yellow brimstones, attracted by the nectar-rich planting in the gardens. Our butterfly survey group will be starting work again this spring, regularly counting the species visiting the parkland and gardens.
We have a drove of hares living on Camp Ground - another UK BAP Priority mammal. With their long back legs, any confusion with rabbits is soon dispelled as soon as they start to run, reaching up to 45km per hour. Keep those binoculars handy – you can sometimes see them across the river from the parterre, their golden coats catching the sunlight.
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