Wildlife at Lyveden

Little Owl sitting on the stairs of the unfinished Garden Lodge

Explore Lyveden in every season and see how our wildlife transforms throughout the year. Several stunning varieties of birds of prey can be seen hovering over Lyveden, such as buzzards and the beautiful and rare red kite. Herons often visit the moat and canals, and woodpeckers, swallows, partridges and skylarks are also frequent visitors.


As the winter fades away, the residents of Lyveden come to life. Young rabbits and squirrels begin to emerge from their winter lairs, and tadpoles, caterpillars and insect larvae start to appear in and around the moat.


By now, the larvae and caterpillars have grown up into damselflies, dragonflies, stunning butterflies. Rabbits, squirrels and even a few fallow deer are also more prominent. In the air, skylarks and swallows can be seen and heard around Lyveden.


Whilst most of the wildlife gradually begins to retreat in preparation for winter, you may catch a glimpse of hares and rabbits, stoats, foxes and squirrels if you look carefully. Occasionally, fallow deer can be seen grazing around Lyveden too.


Winter is when most wildlife will head for bed for a few months to await the return of spring. Whilst most animals won't be seen at this time of year, see if you can spot any tell-tale tracks in the snow.

Look up to spot Red Kites

Red Kites can regularly be seen catching the thermals above Lyveden, with their reddish-brown body and distinctive forked tail. Their mew-like ‘weoo-weoo-weoo’ call can be heard across the Rockingham Forest, where they were re-introduced in 1995.