Wildlife at Sizergh

Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in December near Bradworthy, Devon

Sizergh is famous for hawfinches. These elusive birds favour the car park area around our visitor centre and feed on the hornbeam tree casts. They are best seen in winter and spring, when the leaves are not fully out on the trees.

Hawfinch research

We've recently started a new research project with the RSPB, Nature England and Lancaster University to find out more about the hawfinches.

See if you can spot Sizergh's elusive hawfinch
Male hawfinch at Sizergh

Woodcock

Whilst walking through the woods you may also flush a woodcock. The Latin name is Scolopax rusticola, meaning 'rural dweller'.

Their cryptic camouflage makes them very hard to see as they sit tight amongst the leaf litter throughout the day. Only at night do they give themselves up when they feed in open fields using their long wading bill to probe out worms.

Buzzard

Look out for these beautiful birds of prey if you are walking around Sizergh estate. They can sometimes be seen early in the mornings.

Fritillary butterflies

Sizergh estate has a rich and diverse range of fritillary butterflies ranging from the Pearl Bordered to the High Brown fritillary. Countryfile has named Sizergh as one of the best places to photograph these butterflies.

Great crested newts

If you take a look in the rock garden at Sizergh you might be lucky and see great crested newts. We also have palmate and common newts living around the pools in the rock garden.