Explore Charlecote's parkland this autumn

Charlecote Park parkland and river Avon in 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.

Our self-led 50 Things activities continue and autumn brings plenty of opportunities for cloud-watching or discovering bugs and birds

Download our 50 Things map here, so that you're ready to start exploring.

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.

Nuthatches feast on autumn beechnuts in the parkland
Look out for wildlife in Charlecote's parkland, like these nuthatches feasting on beechnuts
Nuthatches feast on autumn beechnuts in the parkland

Charlecote’s livestock

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. Please, never approach the deer. They are wild animals and can be unpredictable.

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.

As the deer rut begins in autumn you may hear the bucks bellowing
Fallow deer buck bellowing in autumn at Charlecote Park
As the deer rut begins in autumn you may hear the bucks bellowing

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?

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. 

Pick up lovely shiny conkers in the parkland
Conkers in autumn parkland at Charlecote Park
Pick up lovely shiny conkers in the parkland

Fascinating fungus

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.

Look out for Dryad's Saddles, Shaggy Inkcaps or Common Earthballs
Look out for fascinating fungi in Charlecote Park's autumn parkland
Look out for Dryad's Saddles, Shaggy Inkcaps or Common Earthballs

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!

We're glad that we can keep this traditional fencing style in the parkland
Charlecote's traditional oak fencing keeps the fallow deer in the parkland
We're glad that we can keep this traditional fencing style in the parkland

The family church

Your parkland stroll will bring you to St Leonard’s church, rebuilt by Mary Elizabeth Lucy in memory of her husband.

Please note that there's no re-entry to the parkland from St Leonard's church
St Leonard's church at Charlecote in Warwickshire in autumn parkland
Please note that there's no re-entry to the parkland from St Leonard's church

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.