Summer wildlife at Packwood
There is a variety of wildlife to spot here at Packwood from the large Canada geese on the lake to tiny insects hiding underneath piles of deadwood around the grounds. Come and explore and see what you can spot.
Packwood provides the ideal habitat for birds, insects and amphibians and is a great place to watch the wildlife go by. Don't forget to bring your camera and share your sightings on our social media channels.
Birds to spot
Birds such as Cookoos and chiffchaffs arrive in March and April and their distinctive sounds can be heard all over Packwood. Both birds have onomatopoeic names relating to their calls and the chiffchaff is a very active little bird, constantly flicking their tails while looking for food. You may be lucky enough to see one catching insects in flight.
If you take a stroll around the lake you’re sure to spot the Canada geese and their young over the early summer months. Make sure you give them plenty of space as they’re very protective of their goslings.
You will also be able to spot a large number of mallards on the lake and are one of our most adaptable birds. You can often hear them before you see them, especially if the female is summoning her ducklings who have strayed a little too far.
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.
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.
Summer is the time to find young frogs at Packwood. The ponds and lake are all good breeding places for our resident frogs, toads and newts. Look out for tiny froglets hopping over the lawn by the lake. Frogs and toads hibernate over the winter months under rocks or in compost heaps.
Other sights to see
Summer is the perfect time of year to see bees buzzing around looking for nectar and this year we have a new addition to the orchard creating quite a buzz! On Monday 19 March, we introduced two new bee hives containing approximately 7,500 bees in each to our recently constructed Packwood orchard apiaries. Honey bees are important pollinating insects and here in the orchard we have two National bee hives. During the summer there could be up to 50,000 bees in each colony.
Over in the kitchen garden you may also spot our resident cat Freddie who is likely to be taking a snooze in a patch of sunlight.