Making new homes for wildlife at Petworth

Petworth House and Park deer

From the geese on the lake to the deer in the park and even the bats roosting in the trees there is a lot of life in Petworth Park. During the winter of 2017 we created even more habitats to encourage wildlife in Petworth Park.

As part of the 2017 work to restore the Upper Pond to the original view that inspired JMW Turner’s Dewy Morning painting, we installed sunken cages filled with vegetation into the pond to provide a safe and tasty habitat for invertebrates. 

Several trees were allowed to grow since Turner captured the view of the pond and Petworth House that Turner in his iconic Dewy Morning painting. By coppicing these new trees on the 18 islands of the Upper Pond, not only did we restore the view but we supported new birdlife by encouraging the regrowth of trees on the island. This work also had the added benefit of helping to preserve the home of one of Petworth’s resident bat roosts.

In keeping with the landscape designed by Capability Brown and in order to replace lost trees, in 2017 we planted new trees in the north end of the park including Hawthorne to encourage more native wildlife during the spring.

Over the summer we scraped away small areas of earth in the park to create bowls that will lay wet in winter. These shallow ponds make a useful habitat for invertebrates and amphibians as well as suitable feeding grounds for bats and birds. 

On your next visit to Petworth see the work we're doing first hand and get up close to more aspects of nature and wildlife.