Wildlife at Tyntesfield

Dragonflies and deer, bats, birds and badgers, newts, hares, fungi and reptiles.. the diversity of the Tyntesfield estate makes it the perfect home for a whole range of wildlife.

Bats

There are eleven recorded species of bat at Tyntesfield; Greater Horseshoe, Lesser Horseshoe, Brown Long-Eared, Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule, Serotine, Whiskered, Leisler’s, Brandt’s and Daubenton’s. 

During the summer, the Lesser Horseshoe bats have a maternity roost in the house where they give birth and raise their young. This roost is of national importance so the Tyntesfield ranger team are careful to monitor the area and maintain good habitats for the bats across the estate.

Greater Horseshoe bats feed off the beetles that live in cow dung, which is provided by the Angus Cross cattle that live on the Tyntesfield estate, cared for by our tenant farmer.

Brown Long-Eared bats feed in the Loggia of the house after everyone has left the estate, hoovering up the insects and moths that have been drawn into this warm environment during the day.

Daubenton’s swoop down and pick up food from the surface of the pond in Top Park.

Tyntesfield ranger, Darren, leads seasonal bat walks across the estate. You can find out more informaion on these walks on our events page.

A winged bat flies through the dark night sky

 

Emperor Dragonflies

Emporer Dragonflies are the kings and queens of the pond in the Walled Garden.

They spend the first two years of their life underwater, before crawling out of the water and settling themselves on reeds or the side of the pond. Once there they shed their skins for the final time, sprout wings and take to the air.

The whole process can last some hours and usually happens overnight (when the dragonflies are safest from predators) in the early summer when temperatures are warm enough.

The Emperor Dragonflies typically hatch at the end of May/beginning of June, when the nights begin to get warmer.
Close up of an Emperor Dragonfly

In the meadows

The meadows at Tyntesfield are home to countless species of wildlife, such as silver-washed fritillary butterflies, hares, orchids and variety of invertebrates.

At the start of the summer, the wildflowers in Tyntesfield's meadows begin to appear, filling the landscape with colour. The meadows were reseeded last year so it's the perfect time to find new flowers and colours.

Meadow grasses and ox-eye daisies on the Tyntesfield estate
Meadow grasses and ox-eye daisies on the Tyntesfield estate

Conservation in the outdoors

It takes a lot of work to care for the estate at Tyntesfield and our team of gardeners, rangers and volunteers are constantly working to maintain the diversity of the estate.

Thanks to a generous donation from SC Johnson, this year we are beginning a five year project to conserve one of the largest collections of ancient and veteran trees in the South West. The trees are located at a number of National Trust sites across Bristol; Leigh Woods, Tyntesfield, Shirehamption Park, Failand and Clevedon Court. You can find out more about the project here:

Not so wild life...

To this day, Tyntesfield is a working estate with crop farming, grazing animals, and a Kitchen Garden that produces the ingredients used in our restaurant and cafe.

Onsite you may encounter our local Hill Radnor sheep and Angus cross cattle, or even the four-legged member of the outdoors team, Smiler the cat.

Smiler having a well-earned nap after a hard day's work on the estate
Smiler the Tyntesfield cat curled up asleep