Winter wildlife at Coughton Court

Robin sat on a branch at Coughton

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.

Most of the geese have now flown off to their next destination but there are still lots of ducks to spot.  We also have a couple of herons who live around the lake, sheep in the fields and longhorn cattle on the back field.

Over in Timm's Grove there are lots of different species to spot from the greater spotted woodpecker to nuthatches moving up and down the trees. If you're really lucky we've even spotted monkjack and fallow deer in the woodland and running across the fields. You'll also spot lots of creepy crawlies under the logs and rocks - don't forget to pop them back where you found them!

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

Over on the lake you're bound to spot lots of ducks and moorhens and keep a watchful eye out for the herons who live on the lake. If you're really lucky you might even spot the bright blue flash of a kingfisher.

This duck is getting into a flap. Will you see them like this?
Flapping duck at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
This duck is getting into a flap. Will you see them like this?

Why not help out the winter birds in your garden by putting out bird feeders or fat balls, not only are you helping your garden birds to thrive throughout the harsher months but it also means you get a closer look - perfect for budding wildlife photographers.

Alongside a variety of mammals, our trees will also be “hibernating” when they shut down for winter having lost their leaves. This is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the splendour of our ancient trees over in Timm's Grove, which was once part of the great Forest of Arden.

They have woolly coats to keep them warm
Sheep at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
They have woolly coats to keep them warm