Sheringham Park's natural highlights during autumn
The varying habitats of Sheringham Park - which include the wild garden, woodland, parkland, farmland and the clifftop - provide homes to a wide range of wildlife and plants. From Britain’s smallest bird, the firecrest, to our largest mammal, red deer you never know what you might encounter when walking around the park.
Nature is always in season
The natural world is ever changing with the seasons, every walk here at Sheringham Park will be different and unscripted, but will always contain a natural highlight if you take the time to look for it. Some of the seasonal highlights are detailed below.
- A good variety of fungi can be seen. Our recent workshops with local expert Tony Leech recorded about 100 species, including nationally rare lilac mushrooms and golden bootlegs. Parasols have been particularly common this year.
- Autumn colour - an interesting combination of native and exotic tree species help to provide a stunning display as the leaves begin to fall.
- 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 looking out for as goldcrest, siskin and treecreeper amongst others move with them.
- Varying colours of rowan berries providie a good food source for the birdlife of the park.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.