Spring at Mount Stewart

Bluebells on the Trails

Spring is a unique time at Mount Stewart as the gardens and woodland come alive with new life.

Highlights

  • Arrival of spring migrant birds from the southern hemisphere.

  • Hit the trails and roam around the carpets of wildflowers starting to bloom in the wood.

  • Follow your nose and sniff out Allium ursinum also know as Wild Garlic, popping up around Mount Stewart.

  • Explore the gardens and discover the Rhododendrons and Magnolias bursting into life.

  • Take a saunter round the lake walk and keep an eye out to see if Mr & Mrs Swan have added to their family this year. 

Wild Life

Dust off the binoculars and check out the variety of southern migratory birds you can expect to see this Spring at Mount Stewart, including Swallows, Singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 

Chiffchaff on a bramble bush
Chiffchaff on a bramble bush
Chiffchaff on a bramble bush

You may also spot displaying Buzzards.

Buzzard in field
Buzzard in field
Buzzard in field

Or hear a Great spotted woodpecker drumming against the trees.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Greater Spotted Woodpecker

The red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, is one of our most popular and well-loved mammals. Mount Stewart is one of the best places in Northern Ireland to spot them.While we can't guarantee a sighting, you're most likely to encounter them early in the morning or late afternoon, behind the house and to the north of the lake.

Red squirrel at Mount Stewart
Red squirrel at Mount Stewart
Red squirrel at Mount Stewart

If you are exceedingly lucky you might even catch a glimpse of one of the many badgers shuffling around.

Badgers in the demesne
Badgers in the demesne
Badgers in the demesne

 

Trails

Carpets of woodland flowers such as Primrose, Bluebell and Wild Garlic are just waiting to be discovered on the trails.

Bluebells at Mount Stewart
Bluebells at the Folly
Bluebells at Mount Stewart

Look out for the delicate white flowers and aromatic leaves of the Wild Garlic plant among the trees. 

Spot Wild Garlic growing in the woods
Wild Garlic
Spot Wild Garlic growing in the woods

Gardens 

Admire the famous Rhododendron Magnificum this Spring around the gardens & lake and whilst it is unscented it produces the most beautiful clusters of flowers when in bloom.

Rhododendron Magnificum
Rhododendron Magnificum
Rhododendron Magnificum

Get that Spring feeling with the most cheerful of the early bloomers and take a wander through the daffodils.

Colourful daffodils at Mount Stewart
Mount Stewart Easter Daffodils
Colourful daffodils at Mount Stewart