Meet Gunby's spring wildlife

Ducklings looking at bluebells at Gunby

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.

The Gunby crocuses are a perfect snack for hungry bees
Bee on crocus at Gunby
The Gunby crocuses are a perfect snack for hungry bees

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.

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home....
Ladybird on a leaf
Ladybird, ladybird fly away home....

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 ice house pond is a great place for ducklings to learn how to swim
Ducklings on Gunby's ice house pond
The ice house pond is a great place for ducklings to learn how to swim

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.

This time of year you can see the moorhen chicks swimming on the carp pond
Moorhen with chick on Gunby's carp pond
This time of year you can see the moorhen chicks swimming on the carp pond

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.

Spot the Gunby carp blowing bubbles in the carp pond
Carp in Gunby's carp pond
Spot the Gunby carp blowing bubbles in the carp pond

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.

This Gunby robin is admiring the cherry blossom
Robin and blossom at Gunby
This Gunby robin is admiring the cherry blossom

If you're patient you may catch a glimpse of an elusive goldcrest that is often spotted near the back of the house.

Have you spotted the resident goldcrest in the Gunby gardens?
Goldcrest spotted in the Gunby Gardens
Have you spotted the resident goldcrest in the Gunby gardens?

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.

This green woodpecker is stepping out on the Gunby lawn
Green woodpecker on the lawn
This green woodpecker is stepping out on the Gunby lawn

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.  

The Gunby parkland is home to brown hares
Hare in the Gunby parkland
The Gunby parkland is home to brown hares