A need to conserve
Nowadays, modern buildings have come right up to the edge of where Rayleigh castle once stood. Indeed, part of the outer rampart bank now has houses on it, and the outer bailey is completely built over. This shows how important it is to conserve the motte and bailey mounds.
Although less than five acres, the mount is a valuable open space for wildlife. It has a good range of small birds, who enjoy the habitat provided by the trees and shrubs on the banks. Dragonflies and butterflies can be seen in the summertime and there are plants in flower for much of the year to provide nectar for bees and other insects.
From April to September you can find out more about the mount by visiting Rayleigh windmill in Bellingham Lane.
Wildlife on the mount
As the town of Rayleigh has grown, and housing estates have replaced farmland, the Mount, an important historical site, has also become valued as a haven for wildlife, and as a quiet retreat, filled with birdsong and flowers.
The trees and shrubs on the slopes provide a good habitat for wild creatures and birds, and the flowering plants attract insects such as bees and butterflies. Please help the mount to remain special by respecting its quietness and beauty. Keep to the pathways and grass areas to avoid disturbing the wildlife, and leave the flowers for the insects to visit. To help prevent rats coming onto the Mount, please do not leave food on the site.