Spectacular summer wildlife

Nest of three swallows

Summer is the time when our Parkland and gardens come alive with flowers and insects

As the weather gets warmer, beautiful butterflies such as the meadow brown and ringlet should be seen fluttering in the Parkland. Can you spot a red admiral, comma or small tortoise shell in the wilder areas of the garden?

Meadow brown butterfly on a thistle
meadow brown butterfly on a thistle
Meadow brown butterfly on a thistle


Between May and August, expect to see the banks of the Sow and Trent teeming with several species of damselflies, including the banded and the beautiful. Shugborough is the perfect habitat for all stages of their lives. We have the water for the aquatic larvae, and the breeding ground for egg laying.


Make sure you look up to the sky and see the Swallows and swifts return to spend the summer here. It is hard to miss the crescent shapes of the swifts and the swallows swooping and diving around the buildings at Park Farm.  


Venture out on the heathland at Satnall hills and bring your bug hunting kits to spot the green tiger beetles, who can be seen hopping about on the bare patches of ground, their iridescent green colour is unmistakable. 

A common lizard basking on a log
A common lizard basking on a log
A common lizard basking on a log


Mind your step, as common lizards and grass snakes will also be active, the can sometimes be seen basking on bare patches of earth or wood, using the suns warmth to warm up their body.
 

When you visit us to enjoy the Estate, like our summer wildlife, you directly support our ranger team to protect their habitats.