Explore Charlecote's parkland this autumn
Charlecote's tranquil parkland is the perfect place to play, wander or picnic all year round. Autumn sees the trees take on firelight colours before their foliage falls in this ancient landscape.
It's a great time to be outdoors - enjoy a misty morning or a blustery afternoon and colourful autumn scenery all around the parkland.
The autumn deer rut
Cold weather in the autumn triggers the annual deer rut - you'll often be able to hear the bucks bellowing around the parkland at this time of year, followed by a clash of antlers as they challenge each other.
There has been a fallow deer herd at Charlecote for centuries, and legend has it that a young William Shakespeare was prosecuted for poaching here. We manage our herd to the highest possible welfare standards.
Please, never approach the deer. They are wild animals and can be dangerously unpredictable especially during the rutting season.
Look out for our Jacob sheep in the parkland too - did you know that "Bachelor" George Lucy brought the very first flock of Jacobs to England in 1756? In November, we'll put the rams in with the ewes to being 'tupping' which ensure we have lambs bouncing around the parkland for spring next year.
Bring your binoculars
Our riverside setting is a wildlife haven and it’s an ideal spot for birdwatching. Our licensed ornithologists check nests and nestboxes and keep an eye on the birds throughout the year, producing a detailed report for us.
Caring for the environment
As part of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme we manage the parkland to ensure the widest possible environmental benefits for all the wildlife that chooses to live in our parkland. Stroll quietly and see what you can spot today.
We look after our ancient trees in the park and manage our rare fruit varieties in the orchard. Our annual Tree Survey checks the condition of every tree in the parkland.
Look carefully around the parkland in the autumn, there are many different examples of fungus in the grass and growing on the trees. Their forms change quickly as they mature making some of them hard to identify, and they're great for close-up photography - we'd love to see your pictures on social media.
Centuries of tradition
As you walk around the centuries-old parkland, have you noticed the traditional cleft oak paling fencing? This is a rural craft that we're delighted to be able to keep alive. The varied heights of the panels confuse the deer so that they don't jump over the fence, although they easily could!
The family church
Your parkland stroll will bring you to St Leonard’s church, rebuilt by Mary Elizabeth Lucy in memory of her husband.
Where two rivers meet
Flowing through the park are both Shakespeare’s Avon and its tributary, the little river Dene. They add diversity to the wildlife in the parkland throughout the year. Pause a while and see what's enjoying this habitat when you visit. Some of the loveliest photograph spots are around the rivers - do send us your favourite pictures on social media.