Spring Wildlife at Coughton Court
Due to the variety of habitat, from woodland to meadow, river to lake and the mature trees dispersed around the well maintained grounds, the diversity of wildlife is fantastic. Coughton comes alive at spring as a variety of creatures great and small start to emerge from their winter hibernation.
Spring is a great time of year for wild flowers here at Coughton; in the wood you can see swathes of bluebells covering the woodland floor like a shimmering carpet. If you're lucky you may even spot some roe and fallow deer as well as lots of squirrels and insects hiding under fallen branches.
As you wander through the woodland listen out for the tapping of a great spotted woodpecker hollowing out a tree ready to be used to raise their young. Here at Coughton you can spot birds of all shapes and sizes, from blue tits and nuthatches to buzzards and herons.
Birds are incredibly busy as spring approaches: robins are calling for mates, while blue tits and great tits are busy lining their nests with moss, twigs and feathers to create a cosy nest in which they can lay their eggs and raise their young. Don't miss the ducklings and goslings on the lake and If you’re very lucky, kingfishers!
We had swallows nesting last year and as they are creatures of habit we may be luckey to see them again this year.
Out in our parkland sheep and lambs are born around Easter time. Calves too may be seen over the river bridge past the back lawn.