Winter wildlife at Tattershall Castle

Frosty grounds of Tattershall castle

During winter time we love to wrap up warm outside, sit by the fire inside, and enjoy a hot drink on a comfortable sofa. But what does nature do at Tattershall Castle?

Great Crested Newts

Newts leave the water as temperatures drop and day length shortens to find suitable sites to hibernate for winter.

The newts can get adventurous.
Palms of a hand with a newt sat in the middle.
The newts can get adventurous.

During moat wall repairs three specially constructed ‘newt hotels’ were placed into the moats, to provide a safe haven. Maintenance of long grass areas such as the banks of the outer moat and islands of vegetation in the moats themselves are essential to provide foraging areas for the newts.

Tattershall member of the staff building one of our Newts Hotel
Tattershall member of the staff building a safe refuge for newts
Tattershall member of the staff building one of our Newts Hotel

At this time of year staff and volunteers are carefully removing any newts found in the basement and placing them back into the moat for safety.

Bats

Tattershall Castle supports a maternity roost of Daubenton’s bats and also supports pipistrelle species and Daubentons bats in hibernation. Daubenton's bat always chooses roosts close to water sources such as rivers or canals, so the countryside around the castle and the wet and windy moat are perfect sources of shelter. 

A Daubenton's bat
A Daubenton's bat
A Daubenton's bat

Daubenton's bat hibernates in the same type of locations from September to late March or April - so expect to see them swooping about here.

 

 

Egyptian Geese

Egyptian geese make a family at sites with open water, short grass and suitable nesting locations. That's definitely us. 

Egyptian geese at Tattershall Castle
Egyptian geese at tattershall castle
Egyptian geese at Tattershall Castle

 

During the winter they are widely dispersed within river valleys where they feed on short grass and cereals. The castle does all it can to provide an accomodating, sheltered roosting area with an abundance of food and building materials.