Springtime in Hardwick park

Spring is the time of 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.

Buds and bairns

Bluebells tend to be nestled in amongst the woodland, much of which is outside of the main visitor area. But a great way to take in this seasonal highlight and see parts of the park not normally accessible to the public is on the monthly ranger-led walks.

As the season progesses, wild garlic or ransoms, line the paths to Lady Spencer's Walk. You'll smell it before you see it!

You'll smell the wild garlic, also know as ransoms, before you see it!
Wild garlic in the woods at Hardwick, Derbyshire

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, or walk round the recently restored duck decoy and see what you might be able to spot. We've heard that otters like it here although no-one has seen one yet.

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

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.

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