Wildlife at The Weir

A grey squirrel on a branch

We manage the gardens in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife in this unspoilt corner of the Wye valley. We host many species from the otters and fish that live in the river to the birds that nest in the gardens.

Nature in the garden 

Our riverside garden is a wildlife haven year round. The abundance and variety of flora and fauna encourages wildlife, big and small, to make a home here. We manage the gardens in a nature friendly way avoiding the use of chemicals and pesticides to assure bees and butterflies have a safe place to live. Many species of moth and butterfly have been recorded at The Weir Garden including the Hummingbird hawk moth. Parts of the garden are kept as wild areas. We have recorded over sixty species of birds here and this means they always have a spot to feed come rain or shine.  Why not visit us and see what you can spot here?

A hummingbird hawk moth in the garden
A hummingbird hawk moth at The Weir
A hummingbird hawk moth in the garden


There are many species of fish in the river and the garden boasts one of the biggest ever caught on the Wye at over 8ft long.  In 1846 James Postans, a local labourer wrestled with a giant royal sturgeon which he finally managed to land. It was exhibited in the local shop and even made the papers.

The newspaper clipping of the royal sturgeon
Newspaper article from 1846
The newspaper clipping of the royal sturgeon

Our larger visitors include a pair of otters who use our boathouse to feed in. Shy creatures, otters are rarely seen and are also nocturnal. Otters can travel up to twenty miles at a time and it is thought The Weir is one of their ‘hot spots’ although they most likely do not reside here. We were very excited to be able to capture the otters in the boathouse on a camera we had set up inside the building, proving their existence after finding several paw print trails inside. 

Obviously we can't guarentee you'll see anything quite that big on your visit but if you sit quietly in our beautiful garden watching the world go by - you never know what might come flying or swimming along.Through the support of National Trust members and visitors we are able to keep The Weir Garden a safe spot for nature, forever.