Wildlife at Packwood House

Robin perched on the bench at Packwood

As the nights start to draw in, the leaves crunch underfoot and the evenings get colder, the wildlife is starting to hunker down for the approach of winter. When you are walking around Packwood see if you can spot some of the many species we have on the estate.

Fantastic fungi

If you are planning on visiting our welly walk, see if you can see any fungi growing on the dead wood and trees. You can also find them growing in the lawns and in the dung of our sheep. 

A fleeting fungi
Fungi fruit
A fleeting fungi


Have fun seeing what fungi you can spot. Just remember not to touch any of them as some fungi can be really toxic.

 

Spiders webs

If you fancy an early morning walk you will see how many spiders there are. In our woodlands you will see silk spun between trees, in our hedgerows and on the outside panes of the house windows, all beautifully outlined with the frosty dew of the morning.

Dew on a spider's web on a misty morning
Dew on Spider's Web
Dew on a spider's web on a misty morning

Across in the woodland, nuthatches are a regular sight and can often be spotted climbing up the trees. They are beautifully coloured birds with a little black stripe across their eyes.

A nuthatch on a tree at Packwood
Nuthatch
A nuthatch on a tree at Packwood

Our grey herons are often seen standing motionless down by the lake, searching for small fish and amphibians. They look almost prehistoric when they take off and once in the air they are often mistaken for birds of prey.

Can you spot the heron as he looks for fish in our lake?
Heron at Packwood House, Warwickshire
Can you spot the heron as he looks for fish in our lake?

So, come and discover all the wildlife that calls Packwood home throughout the autumn and winter months from a variety of birds to squirrels hiding their nuts for the winter ahead.

View of Packwood's garden on a winters morning
View of Packwood's garden on a winters morning
View of Packwood's garden on a winters morning