Spring has sprung at Dinefwr
It’s all about the blossom of trees, the chorus of birdsong, the sight of newborn animals, not to mention longer and warmer days to enjoy them. Bask in springtime at Dinefwr - and share your first sightings with us at #NTFirst
Spring is an exciting time for me. I'm a Ranger and look after an incredible designed landscape which comes alive at this time of year.
Here are some of my favourite signs of spring at Dinefwr.
I think this is probably a favourite for most people and I'm a little bias because I think our White Park Cattle calves win the cute competition during the spring. Our cows have been wintering in the agricultural sheds during the cold season and return to graze the designed landscape in Newton House in April. They'll be calving throughout spring and summer so come along and meet the new arrivals.
Dinefwr is the only parkland National Nature Reserve in Wales and is bursting with colourful flowering plants. We're pretty famous for our bloomin' good Bluebell display on Rookery Ridge which is on our Cattle trail. The Bluebells are usually at their best in May, but we've had such a mild winter this year we're expecting an earlier display this year. Keep up to date by following us on Facebook. (NT Dinefwr).
Wildlife and birds
As you'd expect, our National Nature Reserve at Dinefwr is abundant in wildlife. As well as our livestock like White Park Cattle and Fallow Deer, Dinefwr is home to some of Britain's best loved animals and we have an array of habitats where you can sit and spot your favourites. From Otters and frogs at the Millpond to Badgers and Butterflies in the woodland. Keep an eye on the sky too because you might spot Red Kites, Woodpeckers, Owls and garden birds flying above.
Blossoming trees are another familiar sight during the spring, but you must come to Dinefwr if you want to see some of the oldest oak trees in the country come into bud. Our Oldest tree on the estate is one we call Castle Oak. You can see on on our Bogwood Boardwalk trail. When our trees fall, we leave them on the ground for where they make an ideal home for our insects and mammals.