Meet Gunby's spring wildlife
Now that the days are getting longer and the sun is getting warmer, Gunby's birds, bees, butterflies and furry creatures start to make an appearance in the garden and parkland again.
Gunbees and creepy crawlies
Tucked behind Orchard Gallery are three active beehives that are buzzing with life this time of year as the bees go about their work to collect pollen and pollinate the garden. We're very grateful to these 'Gunbees' for the important job they do.
Even though they have a negative image, the wasps in the garden actually do really good work too by keeping other pests at bay. As it gets warmer many other insects will start to make an appearance in the garden, like ladybirds and dragonflies.
Birds, fowl and fish
If you go for a walk to the ice house pond, you're often able to spot some ducklings going for a swimming lesson with their parents.
The carp pond is home to our resident moorhens. They're very shy, but if you wait patiently you should be able to spot some adults and chicks hiding under the vegetation or paddling on the water surface.
As the weather gets warmer, Gunby's carp in the carp pond are coming near the surface to soak up the sun. Look carefully and you'll see them blowing bubbles and nip at insects that skim the water.
Look up, listen and you'll see and hear the many garden birds that have taken up residence in the Gunby gardens and grounds. They seem to be competing with their loud tweeting and the bold chaffinches near the tea-room are grateful for your cake crumbs. The Gunby robins are often found near where the garden team are working, as the little birds are hunting for fresh worms in newly dug soil.
If you're patient you may catch a glimpse of an elusive goldcrest that is often spotted near the back of the house.
Volunteer photographer David Dales also snapped a green woodpecker strutting about on the lawn last spring. Do let us know if you come across 'Woody' too.
Spring hares and more
Gunby's 1,500 acres are home to many woodland animals, but nothing says 'spring' like the sighting of a brown hare - especially around Easter time.