Preserving the habitat for nightingales at Croome
Croome is lucky to currently have a habitat preferred by the nightingale. It is a secretive bird which prefers living in the middle of an impenetrable bush. It requires open scrubby ground on which to feed and plenty of cover. The conditions in the shelter belt at Croome are perfect for the nightingale, a central open area with sparse ground cover, with high canopy tree cover and dense scrubby bush either side. They are more often heard than seen.
Over the last 40 years there has been a 90 per cent decline in numbers of nightingales in the UK, and the emerging picture indicates their range is continuing to contract towards the extreme south east of England. The team at Croome have consulted with specialist ecologists and ornithologists to ensure that the nightingale habitat at Croome can be preserved.
Please help us to protect the nightingales by keeping your dog on a short lead. They build their nests on the ground through the shelter belt from the end of the river to Menagerie Wood and by keeping your dog on a lead this will prevent their nests from being disturbed.