Spring sights and wildlife at Hardwick

Bluebells on the Hardwick estate

Spring plants are at their most vibrant during the months of April and May, discover the wildlife that enjoys them across the Hardwick estate.

With the snowdrops and daffodils beginning to bid farewell, the blues of the iconic bluebell and the show of white flowers of the wild garlic make their entrance in our beautiful woodlands. The aroma of the garlic wafts in the air in Lady Spencer’s wood, whilst the bluebells cover the ground with their grace and beauty.

Wild garlic grows in abundance during the springtime
Path through the woodland garden at Newark Park, Gloucestershire
Wild garlic grows in abundance during the springtime


In the parkland, the blossoms on our many Hawthorn trees guide you on your journey through the estate where you can marvel at the sight of Hardwick Hall through the new lush green leaves that emerge on our majestic Oak trees.

Birds at Hardwick

The early mornings are a chorus of birdsong as they continue to define their territory and provide for their young, the melodic tune of the blackbird and the constant chatter of finches make this a truly wonderful spectacle on a misty morning. The swallows have arrived from their long journey north, and if you are lucky the sound of a cuckoo makes the day a special one.

Buzzards are often either soaring around the Hardwick estate or perched in the branches of the tall trees in the woods or parkland.

Buzzard in flight
Buzzard in flight
Buzzard in flight

Butterflies and insects

With the abundance of spring flowers coming to life across the estate, butterflies, bees and other insects thrive in this habitat. Common butterflies known to call Hardwick their home are red admirals, peacock butterflies and cabbage white. More uncommon species have been seen at Hardwick including the purple hairstreak butterfly.

The rare purple hairstreak butterfly
A male Purple Hairstreak butterfly
The rare purple hairstreak butterfly