Springtime in Hardwick park

This time of year sees some of nature's best moments and when it comes to a show, Hardwick's park is a great theatre for all kinds of wildlife.

Bursting buds 

Splashes of yellow from daffodils, catkins on trees and buds bursting into life brighten the view. As the season progesses, wild garlic or ransoms, line the paths to Lady Spencer's Walk. You'll smell it before you see it. During May, our scone of the month will be cheese and wild garlic, using the plants grown at Hardwick, discover this delicious seasonal treat.

Wild garlic
Wild garlic
Wild garlic

Lambs and their mums can be spotted resting across the Park at Hardwick in the spring
A lamb and sheep rest by a tree in the Park at Hardwick, Derbyshire
Lambs and their mums can be spotted resting across the Park at Hardwick in the spring

 

Bouncing bairns

Across the park you might spot some of the newly born lambs from our herd of sheep, while down at the ponds there'll be ducklings out for a swim with mum. Ask at visitor reception for a walking map to the ponds to see the variety of wildlife.

Down at the ponds you might see one of the mallard families out for a pootle
A mallard with her ducklings on the ponds at Hardwick
Down at the ponds you might see one of the mallard families out for a pootle

Bird life

In Lady Spencer's Wood, and other parts of woodland, amongst the birds you might spot are great tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, robin, wren, blackbird, nuthatch and treecreeper. An extra special treat might be the sighting of a goldcrest.

On the ponds we have many visitors of the feathered kind, including mute swan, mallard, Canada goose, coot, moorhen, goosander, tufted duck, and black-headed gulls. We also get kingfishers, so if you're very quiet and very lucky you might catch a glimpse of one of these colourful chaps.

Visitors to the ponds at Hardwick include grebes
A pair of grebes on the pond at Hardwick
Visitors to the ponds at Hardwick include grebes

Wild play

Pick up a Welly Wildlife Trail to take out with you into the park and see who or what you can find.

If the kids need to burn off some steam, you can always opt for the natural play. Follow Lady Spencer’s Walk to discover see-saws, stepping stones amongst other things. 

Children can run off their energy on the play trail
Children playing on the Hardwick play trail
Children can run off their energy on the play trail