Nature in the garden

A plump robin in winter

The short winter days at The Weir Garden are filled with fresh air, streaming sunlight and a picture perfect walk alongside the River Wye.

Wildlife is easier to spot in the winter with the trees being bare. Many of the migratory birds are enjoying the succulent berries on the hedgerows and juicy worms from the ground, trying to keep on the extra layer of fat that’ll keep them warm throughout the winter.

Various plants provide food for visiting birds
Holly in winter sunlight
Various plants provide food for visiting birds

Visiting finches add splashes of colour to the frosty gardens. This year will be the first winter with our hide in place with the feeding platform just outside for visitors to view our visiting bird population. Larger varieties such as Thrush and Fieldfare can be spotted, their plumage exceptionally beautiful during the colder months.

Waterfowl will be abundant on the River Wye throughout winter. Keep your eyes peeled for passing Goosanders, Mallards, Mute Swans and Goldeneye.

See the Mallards splashing around
Mallards on the water
See the Mallards splashing around

Up in the trees, the Rooks will be roosting, children love to hear the wonderful noises these clever birds make. Whilst you’re here, listen out for woodpeckers drumming on the trees, they begin their courtship displays in winter, we have both Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers here. Our boathouse otters will stay near throughout the winter months, otters do not hibernate during the colder months although you’d be very lucky to see them.

Our impressive 1920s boathouse
The 1920s boathouse at The Weir Garden
Our impressive 1920s boathouse

Overall The Weir can be a rather magical place in winter, with wildlife abundant alongside the banks of the River Wye. Why not beat the winter blues and see what you can spot when you’re next here?