Something to admire all year round
Wander through the estate and you are most likely to see familiar birds such as Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Wagtails and Great Spotted Woodpecker – if you are lucky you may even see a Sparrowhawk or a Buzzard soaring above. The River Len, which also runs throughout the Wood Garden, is home to Kingfishers, Grass Snakes and Eels.
The larger lakes provide shelter and food to flocks of Swans, Geese and Ducks and provide ideal breeding grounds in the spring and summer months. The Moat and Great Water are perfect places to see captive Black, Whooper and Trumpeter Swans all year round. Leeds Castle is also home to rarer species including Bats, Dormouse and White-Clawed Crayfish.
Duck and Swan food can be purchased from the Ticket Office, Park Shop and Knights Stronghold for £1 a bag.
This is a safe and healthy option for the birds and with all profits raised going directly to the upkeep of our Wildlife. Please DO NOT feed bread to the birds. Bread does not contain the necessary nutrients for Swans, Ducks or Geese and can make them ill. It can also rot in the water and cause unwanted surface algae which further harms the Wildlife. Other healthy food options which you can bring with you are lettuce, sweetcorn, wheat and spinach.
If you have any questions regarding the Wildlife at Leeds Castle, please contact the Falconry and Wildlife Team on [email protected] or 01622 767861.