Wildlife at Gibside

There is an abundance of wildlife at Gibside and the conservation team work extremely hard to care for, monitor and record a variety of species to build our knowledge of what's living here. Visiting during the week does increase your chances of spotting a range of wildlife, and we suggest you pick a place, relax and keep your eyes open.

Buzzard in flight

Bird survey news

The rangers have identified three pairs of buzzards nesting, three kestrel nests and one sparrowhawk nests. Chicks have hatched in three of the tawny owl boxes, and we know there are more natural tawny nests in trees around the woods too. Very exciting.

A common male pipistrelle bat

Bats survey news

This May, the team counted 367 soprano pipistrelle bats emerging from the roost above one of the offices at the stables. It's a huge increase from 250 in 2017 and 180 in 2016, which shows that the roost is still growing. Plus, they saw a new roost of 15 bats emerging into the courtyard.

Greater spotted woodpecker


Did you know that woodpeckers can't "sing" a song? So, what better way to get some attention than to start drumming against a tree. Very, very loudly. They can be fascinating to watch gliding up and down tree trunks. Head to the bird hide to channel your inner Sir David Attenborough and watch them at work.

A red kite soaring high in the sky

Red kites

Look up to the sky at Gibside and chances are you will see a red kite. With its reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail, thank goodness it was saved from national extinction by a protection programme and has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland.

Two deers standing in the wood

Roe deer

We're very lucky to have roe deer living at Gibside. They're elegant animals and are one of Britain's native deer species. It's rare that you'll see them wandering around in herds as they're more solitary and are often seen with offspring, which are born around May, June time.