Explore the wildlife at Rowallane

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Kids, find your fun outdoors: our garden at Rowallane is maintained to encourage wildlife to be happy and flourish.

The world’s biggest playground is right outside your front door. Come to Rowallane Garden and explore the wildlife. See how many squirrels, birds and insects you can spot.

Take a closer look

Gardens and parks can be mini jungles. Have you ever turned over a rock to see what you can find? There are cities of creatures waiting to be found, you just need to know...

Where to look

To a thousand wild creatures, the trees in Rowallane are more than trees. Trunks are 'home, sweet home', bark is an endless supply of food, roots are shelter and branches are giant green trampolines.
When a tree is felled, we may leave it to encourage insect habitats for beetles, woodlice and other bugs living in the decayed wood. Birds and hedgehogs love to forage in the debris for these insects.

Up in the trees

There are many types (species) of trees in Rowallane. Each tree looks and feels different. Many animals have a favourite tree where they eat, sleep and nest. Look up into the branches to spot birds and squirrels.

Did you know?

  • Some butterflies can taste with their feet.
  • Honeysuckle, sweet pea, dahlias and lavender are some of a bee’s favourite plants.
  • Tiny adult snails hatch from snail eggs, which are round and often look like pearls. They are often hidden under logs.
  • A ladybug's wings beat over 80 times a second in flight.
  • Only bumblebees and honey bees live in colonies. Most species of bees live on their own, some in holes in the ground.
  • All wasps die in winter, except for the queen.
  • Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world.
  • Honey bees have five eyes.
The outdoors are forever yours - now’s the time to explore and enjoy them.