Spring wildlife at Croome

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

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
Nuthatch feeding at the bird hide

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, goosander, moorhens and coots.

Can you spot our kingfisher?
kingfisher perching on a branch
Can you spot our kingfisher?

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
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. 

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

You can watch the bees collecting pollen from the flowers, at the same time pollenating the plants around the parkland.

Bee on spring flower
Bee on spring flower
Bee on spring flower

Otters at Croome

Over the last couple of years, sightings of otters at Croome have been on the increase, and we now believe we have a resident family of otters in the river.  This year many more people have seen them in the area around the Chinese Bridge, will you be lucky to spot them?

Otter under the Chinese Bridge
an otter under the chinese bridge
Otter under the Chinese Bridge

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.

Listen to the nightingales singing at Croome.