Natural Highlights season by season

Firecrest at Sheringham Park

The varying habitats of Sheringham Park which include woodland, parkland, wild garden, farmland and clifftop provide home to a wide range of wildlife and plants. From Britain’s smallest bird, firecrest to our largest mammal, red deer you never know what you might encounter when walking around the park.

Nature always in season

The natural world is ever changing with the seasons, every walk will be different and unscripted but will always contain a highlight if you take the time to look for it. Some of the seasonal highlights are detailed below, if you can add to our list please do let us know.

Autumn

  • A good variety of fungi can be seen, look out for waxcaps in the parkland, at least a dozen species have been recorded.
  • Autumn colour, an interesting combination of native and exotic species.
  • Listen out for the calls of nuthatch and green woodpecker
  • Southern hawker, common and ruddy darter dragonflies on the wing.
  • Red admiral, peacock and comma butterflies can often be seen sunning themselves on the vegetation.
  • Flocks of tits often form in good numbers; they are always worth checking out as goldcrest, siskin and treecreeper amongst others move with them.
  • Varying colours of rowan berries providing a good food source for the birdlife of the park
Green woodpeckers are very vocal during autumn
Green woodpeckers which can be seen and heard at Sheringham Park

Winter

  • Skeins of pink-footed geese flying over
  • Winter thrushes feeding on berries in the woodland.
  • Flocks of yellowhammer on the arable fields.
  • Brambling feeding on beech mast and seed heads.
  • The song of both mistle and song thrush; great spotted woodpeckers can also be very vocal at this time of year.
Look out skeins of pink-footed geese flying over during the winter
Pink - footed geese flying over Sheringham Park

Spring

  • The dawn chorus peaking in May.
  • Numerous patches of bluebells throughout the park.
  • Chiffchaff, blackcap, swallow, sand martin, whitethroat and hopefully cuckoo returning to us from their winter bases.  
  • Common frogs and toads migrating back to their ponds to breed.
  • Orange-tip, holly blue and brimstone butterflies on the wing.
  •  A carpet buttercups and cowslips in the parkland.
  • Basking adders

 

Common frogs migrate to ponds to breed in the spring
Common frog at Sheringham Park

 

 

 

Summer

  • White admiral butterflies along the woodland rides and purple hairstreaks from the top of the gazebo.
  • Thrift flowering on the clifftop with colour varying from almost white to deep pink.
  • Nesting swallows in the courtyard.
  • Flowering foxgloves adding colour to the woodland.
  • Wildflower meadow in the Bower with yellow rattle and oxeye daisies
  • Broad-bodied chaser dragonflies and common/azure damselflies can be seen on the Bower pond.
  • Nightjars calling on Weybourne Heath.
White admiral butterflies can be seen along the woodland rides in June and July
White admiral at Sheringham Park

A monthly sightings board is maintained at the visitor centre, please let us know if you can add to our list.