As we can slowly start to see Spring on the horizon, most of the winter migrants that regularly visit the gardens and woodland have left. A few spring migrants have just started to arrive with Chiffchaffs starting to sing in the Woodland and Meadows.
Grey and Pied Wagtails are starting to look for nest sites under the bridge and around the Mill buildings. Wrens are singing & displaying and Blue Tits are looking for nest sites in nest boxes and hollow trees.
Lots of finches feed on Alder trees, large flocks of Goldfinch and Siskins eat the seeds in the tiny cones, Linnets, Chaffinch and a few Redpolls are often mixed in with them.
On the river, Little Egrets are seen most days, plus Swans and ducks. The Kingfishers which have been very active all winter are seen less frequently now as they start to pair up and nest.
We expect to see more Spring migrants arrive in the upcoming weeks - don't forget to come and see for yourself! Our Gardens are open for you to take a leisurely stroll around. Check our opening times here.