Winter on the Ightham Mote estate
Winter brings an opportunity for estate walkers to spot those hardier UK birds, wildlife, trees and plants. It's a busy time for the Ightham Mote ranger team, who will be hard at work with their woodland tasks.
Whether you are visiting the garden or are out and about across our estate, look out for robins, wrens, goldfinch, great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, blue tits, great tits, blackbirds and thrushes.
Walkers on the estate will find hardy grey squirrels in Scathes Wood and throughout our woodland areas; eagle-eyed visitors may also spot our resident albino grey squirrel.
Trees, plants and flowers
Even if winter temperatures plummet, you will still be able to enjoy our yew trees, holly and mistletoe; the rare green hellebore also grows close to the path on our green walk.
For our rangers and their volunteers, winter is one of the busiest times of the year - it is essential that any woodland work is completed before birds begin nesting in the trees on the estate in spring. There is always plenty of coppicing and important tree safety work. Wherever possible, the coppiced wood from the estate is used for fencing, benches and seats, edging steps and defining paths.