Slindon has a thriving population of these hibernating furry wonders. The team manage our woodlands to help keep them ever present. They spend their life in trees and hedgerows rarely coming down to the ground.
Great spotted woodpecker
The drumming of this bird is heard throughout the woods in the springtime. They are tree specialists and seek out the insects among deadwood.
These butterflies can be found dancing around in woodland clearings. When the sun comes out they drop down from the trees, making them look like falling autumn leaves.
Slindon was once famed for its impressive beech trees. Those that survived the Great Storm of 1987 can still be found in Park woods, presiding across the rest of the woodland.
In Spring, hedgerow and wayside flowers can be seen such as lesser celandine, red campion, greater stitchwort, cow parsley and garlic mustard.
Due to the amount of deadwood at Slindon there are good numbers of stag beetle. The larvae spends between three and seven years underground feeding on rotten wood before emerging as an adult.
Our estate gently rises from the coastal plain up to Bignor Hill, providing us with a host of habitats to explore, including woodland, chalk grassland, chalk heath, dew ponds and mixed farmland.
Wildlife, guided walks and events
Our ranger team lead wildlife walks throughout the year, covering bluebells, bats, badgers and bugs.
Tell us what you’ve seen
If you've been out exploring Slindon and have seen some intriguing wildlife, let us know. You can email
or let one of our rangers know if you see them when they're out working on the estate.