A fond farewell to the bird sculptures

One of the eight birds in the trees around the park

We hope you enjoyed the eight birds, that had been decorated by up coming artists, to be spotted on your walks around Croome in 2015. The striking sculptures were based on the form of the Golden Pheasant which lived in the old 18th-century menagerie at Croome, now lost to time. They have now all flown the nest and we wish them a safe journey. However, one of the birds, the 'Gatekeeper' will be shortly heading to its new home, St Barnabas School, near Drakes Broughton.

These splendid sculptures have now flown the nest but read all about them.

 

Gatekeeper

This splendid specimen reigns over the main pathway to Croome Court. Its striking plumage gives us graphic clues as to what lies beyond.
 
This individual likes to be seen and exudes confidence but never betrays the integrity of a glorious heritage.
 
 

Crusader

Daring in nature, this bold red coloured bird symbolises a passion for adventure and discovery. It's heraldic-like blue markings show respect for tradition.
 
 

Rococo

This magnificent pheasant can be elusive. With a blue after-feather marked with green rococo leaves, this bird can camouflage itself well in foliage.
 
Solitary and cautious, spot this bird close to the house.
 
 

Eye-catcher

At home in the splendid parkland, this jeweled pheasant evokes thoughts of the eclectic stories of Croome.
 
Rather mournful at times, the Eye-catcher's golden crest reflects the majesty of Croome but also hints at what has been lost.
 
 

Gossip Girl

A chatty and sociable variety of the bird, her fascinating plumage can seduce others to be taken in by her charms. But beware, she can be spiteful and territorial.
 
The deadliest of the pheasants, her raucous calls lets everyone know she's watching them.
 
 

Bluebird

The transition of the Bluebird's plumage fading in and out resonates with the changing seasons.
 
Intensely loyal, the predominant blue plumage chimes with the Coventry family racing colours and their motto 'truthful and constant'.
 
 

Starburst

The yellow crest and the fiery breast of Starburst pays homage to the colourful years of the Hare Krishna devotees.
 
Preferring to perch high in shrubs or trees, they may become inconspicuous until you spot their vivid plumage.
 
 

Secretary

A studious member of the species, the Secretary connects with the variety of inhabitants that have passed through Croome.
 
It's unusual plumage embodies the past and creates a lasting record of those who have been here before.
 
Watch this short film about the bird sculptures and how they were created: