Winter Wildlife at Sudbury Hall

a chilly looking sudbury lake

Even in winter, Sudbury is a beautiful place to visit. The trees, despite having lost all their leaves, look beautiful against the winter skyline. The mystical views across the lake offer the perfect backdrop for a winter stroll with family and friends.

Bird spotting

Sudbury is home to many species of birds, our resident Canadian and Greylag geese are particulary fond of the lake and can be seen all year round. The geese are migratory by nature but those living in the UK tend to be resident birds. They graze on the grass lawn by the lake and often take to the sky in flocks during winter. If you're lucky enough to be here when the flock comes into land on the lake, it really is a spectacle, but you may need to cover your ears as they are extremely noisy! They mainly feed on grass but in the winter when food is harder to find, they dive into the lake to look for weeds, and also strip the leaves from the rushes.

Flying high
Geese flying over a meadow at sunrise
Flying high

Help out the winter birds in your garden by putting out bird feeders or fat balls, not only are you helping your garden birds to thrive but it also means you get a closer look!

Creepy crawlies

Insects are able to survive the winter months by going into hibernation. Lots of bugs have taken up residence in our bug hotels that you helped to build over the summer months. Some insects even produce 'anti-freeze' chemicals that prevent build-up of ice which can damage their delicate bodies, what an amazing super power!

Why not create a home for insects by building a bug hotel?
A bug hotel
Why not create a home for insects by building a bug hotel?

Homes for hedgehogs

Our gardeners have reported various sightings of hedgehogs in our log stacks. Hibernation for most hedgehogs begins in October and November. They can be seen wandering about right up until Christmas or even after, especially if they haven't found enough food to see them through winter. Hedgehogs do not hibernate continuously and get up for a few days at a time all through the winter. Help the hedgehogs in your garden through the cold winter months by putting out cat or kitten biscuits as tinned food can freeze when temperatures drop. 

Give hedgehogs somewhere to sleep in your garden
Hedgehog in leaves
Give hedgehogs somewhere to sleep in your garden

Berry delights

While some of the plants and trees around the Sudbury garden have gone into a dormant mode, our beautiful holly bushes are in full bloom with lots of vibrant red berries, adding a much needed burst of colour. The berries also provide a vital source of food for lots of wildlife over the long winter months.  

Sudbury winter berries
red winter berries
Sudbury winter berries

New beginnings for the Sudbury garden

There's lots of exciting changes happening at Sudbury in the coming years and our garden redevelopment project is a major part of this plan. Our gardeners have already made a start with winter hedge planting including laying a wildlife buffer along the A50. A new woodland pasture is also being created with the planting of 25 new trees. There's lots more to come and we need your help so watch this space.