Spring wildlife at Croome

Spring has arrived and wildlife at Croome starts to emerge in the parkland.

After its winter hibernation, in early spring the parkland begins to slowly awaken.

Bank of primroses round the lakeside
Croome spring primroses

Look out for our banks of primroses and cowslips on the island and in the Evergreen Shrubbery near the statue of Pan.

Spot the damselfly around the edge of the lake
Damselfly clinging to plant

Small garden birds sing their hearts out to attract mates and start to gather nesting materials. The bird hide, secreted in a quiet spot in the Church Shrubbery, is a great place to hear birdsong and glimpse woodpeckers, pheasants, nuthatches and treecreepers, as well as assorted finches and tits at the feeding stations.

Nuthatch feeding at the bird hide
Nuthatch feeding on a branch

A walk through the parkland reveals larger birds like kestrel, buzzard, cormorant and heron, as well as fieldfare and redwing. Look out for an elusive kingfisher, sometimes glimpsed around the lakeside as well as swans, Canada geese, ducks, moorhens and coots.

Kingfisher lakeside
Kingfisher lakeside

Late spring sees many migratory birds returning to Croome. House martins and swallows return to their nests at the RAF buildings and the Court.  Swifts are often seen soaring around the parkland.

House martins and swallows at Croome
House martins and swallows at Croome

Warmer days also mean visitors can rest awhile in one of our deckchairs and enjoy the astonishing aerial display of the colourful dragonflies and damselflies hovering and swooping around the edges of the lake and bees collecting pollen from the flowers.

Bee on spring flower
Bee on spring flower

Nightingales at Croome

The team at Croome have consulted with specialist ecologists and ornithologists to ensure that the nightingale habitat at Croome can be preserved and a programme of work was undertaken over the winter in 2016 to further develop the habitat we have.

This involved coppicing blackthorn and covering the stools with the brash to allow for regrowth and to create the dense cover that the nightingales like. We also manage the numbers of deer on the estate to help prevent the loss of nightingale habitat.

As a result of this work perhaps more people visiting Croome will get the opportunity to hear ‘a nightingale sing in Croome Park’ safeguarding this special place for future generations.

Indications are that 2018 is going to be a good year for nightingales at Croome with several sightings in the regular places and the areas which have been developed.

Listen to the nightingales singing at Croome.