Wildlife at Coughton Court

Insect feeding at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

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.

Our ranger and garden teams work hard all year to create habitats where wildlife can thrive. Thanks to their efforts the parkland and gardens are overflowing with wildlife, especially during the summer months, from bees enjoying the nectar, swallows returning for the warmer months and butterflies fluttering through the walled garden.

There are lots of buzzing bees in the walled garden
Bee on a flower
There are lots of buzzing bees in the walled garden

Over in our bluebell wood you'll spot a variety of animals and wildflowers, including cow parsley lining the pathways and birds calling from above. 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. 

There are lots of surprises under the logs in the Bluebell Woods
Found under a log at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
There are lots of surprises under the logs in the Bluebell Woods

As you wander around the lake and riverside, spot the ducklings and goslings as they grow throughout the summer months. If you're very lucky you'll spot the distinctive flash of blue of a kingfisher as they shoot across the top of the water.

Looking for lunch
Heron at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Looking for lunch

We also had swallows nesting in a variety of places last year and as they're creatures of habit they may return this year to raise their young as the weather warms up.

Hurry up mum we're hungry!
Nest of three swallows
Hurry up mum we're hungry!

Not technically wildlife but we do have a very pretty resident cat called Ariel!

A very contented cat
Ariel the cat at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
A very contented cat