Widlife to spot at Packwood House
Take a stroll around Packwood and keep your eyes peeled for creatures big and small. We provide safe habitats for birds, insects and amphibians.
Birds to spot
• Canada geese - take a stroll around the lake and you're bound to see our Canada geese. If you come in the spring you may be lucky enough to see some goslings, so far they have bred here every year.
• Marsh tits - these are quite elusive little birds so our Countryside Ranger was delighted when he spotted one and managed to take a photograph as well. They are on the 'red' or endangered list, so it was heartening to see this one.
• Mallards - mallards are one of our most adaptable birds. Walk down by the lake and you can often hear them before you see them, especially the female if she's summoning her ducklings.
• Nuthatches - nuthatches can often be spotted climbing up the trees in our woodland. They are beautifully coloured birds with a little black stripe across their eyes.
• Chiffchaffs - these small, olive brown warblers can be seen around both the gardens and parkland at Packwood. They are very active little birds, constantly flicking their tails while looking for food. You may be lucky enough to see one catching insects in flight.
• Grey Herons - herons are often seen around the lake, standing motionless, 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.
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 in the spring. Frogs and toads hibernate over the winter months under rocks or in compost heaps.
Encourage wildlife in your own garden
We've put together these tips to help you create a haven for wildlife in your own garden:
• log piles provide a great place for overwintering insects
• try not to use insecticides on your plants and flowers
• grow nectar rich flowers to encourage butterflies and moths
• build a pond to encourage birds, hedgehogs and insects
• feed the birds all year round
The Lake and the Dipping Pool in the Kitchen Garden are both fantastic places to spot these wonderful insects. Dragonflies have larger eyes than damselflies and have a more powerful flight.